New Delhi: Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi (IAS) has assumed charge as Secretary in the Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers on Monday. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) had approved his appointment in the Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals during a major bureaucratic reshuffle in April. With this, Chaturvedi has replaced P Raghavendra Rao who superannuated on May 31.
Chaturvedi is a 1987-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre. Prior to this appointment, he was serving as Special Secretary & Financial Advisor in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. He had also worked as Chairman of CBSE and as Director-General in the National Skill Development Authority (NSDA). Chaturvedi was removed from the post of CBSE Chairman in a surprise move barely after a year of his appointment while the CBSE chief is appointed for a term of five years. This was a small moment of controversy in his career. The exact reason behind his untimely removal from the post wasn't told but rumours had it that various controversies including moderation of class XII board marks and NEET question paper row prompted the Government to shift Chaturvedi from CBSE to NSDA.
Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals
Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals is an agency of the Indian government established in 1991. The agency is part of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers. The responsibilities of the departments include policy, planning, development and regulation of Chemicals and Petrochemicals Industries.
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