January 2020


The I&B Ministry's Top Bureaucrat Has Been Replaced

On Friday December 13, the Union government declared the appointment of Ravi Mittal as the new I&B ministry secretary. He replaced Amit Khare who has been shifted to the Department of Higher Education as Secretary.

This change was part of the second major reshuffle after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came back to power in May.

The reshuffle is important as it comes just 6 weeks before the Union budget and is related to departments where budget allocations tend to be high. The I&B ministry has been recently pulled up for very poor use of its allocated budgets. In some departments, 95% of the allocated budget was unspent.


The new I&B Secretary - Ravi Mittal is a 1986 batch IAS officer, Bihar cadre. He has risen rapidly in the Finance ministry.

Mittal was earlier the special secretary in the department of financial services, Ministry of Finance. Less than 5 months ago, (in July 2019) Mittal had been promoted to additional secretary in the Ministry of Finance.


Amit Khare had been appointed as Secretary I&B ministry, on 31 May 2018.

Khare was the IAS officer known for unearthing the much-talked-about "fodder scam" of Bihar and Jharkhand.

Khare has been transferred as secretary of higher education. He will continue to hold the additional charge as secretary, school education. In recent times, this will be the first time one IAS officer will be heading two departments in the human resource development ministry. n