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Giridhar Aramane named new Defence Secretary

October 20, 2022
Giridhar Aramane

Road Transport and Highways Secretary Giridhar Aramane has been named the new Defence Secretary as part of a top-level bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the Centre on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

Giridhar Aramane, a 1988-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty in the Department of Defence. He will take over as Secretary of the Department of Defence after the retirement of Ajay Kumar on October 31, 2022.

Giridhar Aramane, before becoming Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, was earlier serving as Additional Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat. He has also been a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas during 2012-14.

He is 1988 batch IAS officer of AP cadre. An M. Tech in Civil Egg from IIT Madras, he also holds a Masters Degree in Economics. He has undergone training in finance and banking matters at Singapore and France, apart from the IIM Bangalore, IIFT New Delhi and Tata Management Training Centre, Pune.