He was appointed to post which became vacant after the superannuation of Dinesh Singh on June 30, the order said.
It was the second time that a textiles secretary was moved out of the ministry during Irani's tenure.
Irani was in July 2016 shifted from the key Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry and given a less significant textiles portfolio after an expansion of the Union Council of Ministers and reshuffle.
Anant Kumar Singh had recently said that irregularities worth around Rs 200 crore were detected in the National Handloom Development Corporation (NHDC), a public sector undertaking under the Textiles Ministry.
The matter was referred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as the central probe agency had expertise on such issues, he had said.
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