major bureaucracy reshuffle under the new regime headed by Narendra Modi, indicating that the new PM may engineer further changes among the bureaucrats' positions at the top. Takru, a 1979 batch IAS, was former FM P Chidambaram’s choice, first as financial services secretary and then as revenue secretary. Chidambaram chose Takru after reportedly interviewing a few IAS officers of his batch after they got empanelled.
Shaktikanta Das, currently union fertilizer secretary, was joint secretary, then additional secretary and then special secretary in the ministry of finance between November 2008 and December 2013. Initially, Das was with the department of expenditure and then in department of economic affairs (DEA) – both under the ministry of finance. As someone having worked as joint secretary (budget) earlier, Das knows in and out of the budget-making process, something seen as the Modi government’s first big challenge.
Das, an Oriya, is a post graduate in history. In his three and half decades long career, he has however taken up a number of responsibilities related to economic ministries. He also worked as Tamil Nadu’s industry and revenue secretary.
As the revenue secretary, Das will now be the official custodian of all documents that finance ministry has succeeded in procuring on black money stashed away by Indians in foreign bank accounts, according to the recent directive of the Supreme Court.
Already, Special Investigating Team (SIT) headed by former judge of the Supreme Court of India, Justice MB Shah, has begun probe to unearth black money stashed abroad. In the run-up to the election, Modi promised billions of dollars of black money stashed away abroad would be brought back to India, if the NDA comes to power.
Maybe, Das will be a key bureaucrat playing a role in this regard. He will retire in February, 2017.