Rajiv Mehrishi appointed as Finance Secretary
Nearly a month after being named as the Secretary of Department of Economic Affairs in the Finance Ministry, former Rajasthan Chief Secretary, Rajiv Mehrishi, has been now appointed as the Finance Secretary.
Finance Secretary is an additional designation sported by the senior-most among the secretaries manning the five departments of the Finance Ministry. It does not represent another job function but signifies the person who is first among equals in the most high profile bureaucratic unit of the Central Government.
The Ministry of Finance has five departments and separate secretaries for different units, including economic affairs, expenditure, revenue, financial services and disinvestment.
Mehrishi has succeeded Arivnd Mayaram, 1978 batch Rajasthan cadre IAS officer, the same as Mehrishi, who, in turn, who has left the position as Finance Secretary and Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs to take-up his new assignment as Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India. Mayaram, who was appointed as finance secretary as recently as April this year, was already serving as economic affairs secretary since 2012.
Mehrishi was named Chief Secretary in Rajasthan in December 2013. Prior to that, he was Secretary to Government of India for overseas Indian Affairs. He has also been a special Secretary to Government in the Department of Agricultural Research & Education, Ministry of Agriculture and has held many other roles in various sectors.