Odisha-cadre IAS officer appointed new Defence secretary

Bhubaneswar: G. Mohan Kumar, a 1979-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Odisha cadre, was appointed the new Defence secretary for two years, an official statement issued in New Delhi said today.

Kumar, who presently holds the post of Defence Production secretary, hails from Kerala. Ashok Kumar Gupta, a 1981-batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre who is Defence Production special secretary, will be the new Defence Production secretary, said an order from the Personnel and Training department.

Mohan Kumar replaces R.K. Mathur, who retires May 28. He has served in commerce, water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation ministries between 2010 and 2013.

He was Steel secretary before taking over as Defence Production secretary on September 1, 2014.