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Alkesh Kumar Sharma (IAS) given additional charge as Chairman, NACWC

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New Delhi: Alkesh Kumar Sharma (IAS) has been given an additional charge of the post of Chairperson, National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention (NACWC) on Monday. An order released by DoPT on Monday noted "The Competent Authority has approved the assignment of an additional charge of the post of Chairperson, National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention (NACWC), Cabinet Secretariat to Alkesh Kumar Sharma, lAS (KL:1990), Secretary (Coordination), Cabinet Secretariat with immediate effect". The order added that his appointment will be in place till the appointment of a regular incumbent or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

On December 29 last year Sharma had been given in-situ up-gradation as Special Secretary of the Cabinet Secretariat. He has also served as the additional chief secretary-industries of the Kerala govt from May 2020 to April 2021. From September 2019 to April 2021 Sharma has served as the Managing Director of Kochi Metro Rail Ltd as well as CEO of Cochin Smart City Mission Ltd.

Functions of Cabinet Secretariat

The Cabinet Secretariat functions directly under the Prime Minister. The administrative head of the Secretariat is the Cabinet Secretary who is also the ex-officio Chairman of the Civil Services Board. The business allocated to Cabinet Secretariat under Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 includes (i) Secretarial assistance to the Cabinet and Cabinet Committees; and (ii) Rules of Business.

The Secretariat assists in decision-making in Government by ensuring Inter-Ministerial coordination, ironing out differences amongst Ministries/Departments and evolving consensus through the instrumentality of the standing/ad-hoc Committees of Secretaries. Management of major crisis situations in the country and coordinating activities of various ministries in such a situation is also one of the functions of the Cabinet Secretariat.

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