Senior bureaucrat Rajiv Kumar was appointed as the Secretary in the Department of Financial Services (DFS), as part of a major reshuffle that was brought into effect on 31 August 2017.
In his new position, Kumar would be succeeding Anjuly Chib Duggal, who retired from the post on the same day. The development was announced by an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
The authority of the Department of Financial Services covers the functioning of banks, financial institutions, insurance companies and the national pension system.
About Rajiv Kumar
• The 1984 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre was serving as the Special Secretary and Establishment Officer in the Ministry of Personnel.
• He has previously spearheaded several reforms in the Indian bureaucracy.
• He has brought an online system for recording of the bureaucrat’s annual performance appraisal report and 360 degree system to assess suitability of officers for senior-level jobs among other initiatives.
• He was also an inherent part of the team that devised and implemented assessment of non-performing officers.
• Few IAS, IPS and other civil services officers were sacked on the basis of their performance review.
• Kumar has also been credited with reforms in senior-level appointments in the government of India by putting an end to the scope for lobbying and speculation.
Besides Kumar, as many as 17 IAS officers were appointed in various central government departments.