Senior officials swap posts in Indian finance ministry ahead of budget prep

By on 04/09/2015

Senior civil servants in the Indian finance ministry have swapped portfolios ahead of work starting on the budget for 2016-17, it has been reported.

Shaktikanta Das, who was in charge of the revenue department, now leads the ministry’s Department of Economic Affairs.

The revenue department has now been taken over by Hasmukh Adhia, who used to lead the Department of Financial Services.

Adhia’s financial services portfolio was passed on to Anjuly Chib Duggal.

The Economic Times reported on 31 August that by the virtue of his seniority, expenditure secretary Ratan P Watal is likely to be the finance secretary – the most senior civil service position in the ministry. However, no official announcement had been made so far.

The finance ministry starts consultations on the 2016-17 budget with different ministries and government departments today.

Beginning with the commerce, textile and external affairs ministries, the consultations with different departments will conclude on September 28, according to the Economic Times.

About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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