Monday, September 02, 2013

Dark Horse: Odisha cadre IAS G Mohan Kumar becomes new steel secretary

Union steel minister, officials at Canada (File photo)
Here is one more reason why one should not go by the rumour mills of the corridors. Finally, it's 1979 batch Odisha cadre IAS G Mohan Kumar, and not his batch-mate S Machendranathan, who the government has appointed as the new steel secretary. Many said Tamil Nadu cadre Machendranathan who had earlier worked as additional secretary in the steel ministry…
would be the obvious choice as the next Union steel secretary. The other name that cropped up as Machendranathan's contender was Assam cadre IAS Jitesh Khosla. Some mainstream media also published the rumours. But, in the end, when steel minister Beni Prasad Verma cleared the files only four days before incumbent DRS Chaudhary was set to retire last weekend, he gave his nod to Kumar’s appointment. Machendranathan and Khosla are empanelled as secretaries, and they would be posted in other ministries in the coming months. Those who know the dynamics of the power corridors well, say the posting of 1979 batch IAS officers as secretaries would continue till December this year, after which 1980 batch will begin.
Kumar will have a relatively long innings in the steel ministry, as he would retire only in May 2015. Hailing from Kerala, Kumar had worked as district magistrate of Odisha’s Sambalpur district in late 1980s. In mid-1990s, he was a director of Marine Products Export Development Authority. In 2000-2001, he had a foreign posting when he worked as an expert in United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). For the last three years, this Odisha cadre IAS has been working with the ministry of water resources, first as additional secretary and then a special secretary.
A post-graduate in chemistry, Kumar is also an MBA from UK’s University of Hull. It’s another matter that current cabinet secretary Ajit Kumar Seth is also a post-graduate in chemistry before joining as IAS. After all, a good chemistry with Seth will help Kumar succeed as the steel secretary.


  1. Mr G Mohan Kumar is an excellent choice.

  2. It is true that G Mohan Kumar choice as a steel Secretary is excellent and his due retirement is in 2015 has given him extra support for his selection. While finalizing the name at that time tussle was on but due political balance his name has been cleared. Very few people know about his proximity with Odisha young Member of Parliament Baijayant Jay Panda. This factor has played the significant role.

  3. Where is G Mohan Kumar in the photo?