Agriculture ministry to get new secretary as Manoj Ahuja repatriated to Odisha Cadre

The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare is likely to get a new secretary as the Centre on Tuesday repatriated the present secretary, Manoj Ahuja, to his parent cadre.

An order to this effect was issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the repatriation of Manoj Ahuja, IAS (OR:90), Secretary, Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare to his parent cadre on the request of the Government of Odisha,” read the DoPT order.

Ahuja’s repatriation, on the request of the newly formed BJP government in Odisha, marks the first major bureaucratic change in the Agriculture Ministry since new Agriculture Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan assumed office earlier this month.

Manoj Ahuja, a 1990-batch Odisha cadre IAS officer, was appointed as OSD, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, in February 2022. He took over as Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare on March 31, 2022.


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