New Delhi: Days ahead of the Union Budget, the government today replaced Revenue Secretary Rajiv Takru with Shantikanta Das.
This is the first high-level bureaucratic rejig in the Finance Ministry since the Narendra Modi-led government took over three weeks ago.
A 1980 batch IAS officer, Das (57) is now Fertiliser Secretary. He would assume the new charge by Monday or Tuesday, a top official said.
Takru (59), who has been Revenue Secretary since March this year, has been appointed Secretary in the Department of North Eastern Region (DONER), an official order said.
Das was appointed as Fertiliser Secretary on December 26 last year. Prior to that, he was Special Secretary at the Department of Economic Affairs in the Finance Ministry. The Finance Ministry, which is preparing Modi government's first budget, has Arvind Mayaram as Finance Secretary, R P Wattal as Expenditure Secretary, Ravi Mathur as Disinvestment Secretary and G S Sandhu as Financial Services Secretary.