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Saurabh Garg Appointed as Secretary of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

In a significant move, the Central Government has entrusted IAS officer Saurabh Garg with the additional charge of Secretary of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI). This decision, communicated through an order issued by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), underscores Garg’s extensive experience and expertise in the realm of public administration.

Garg, a 1991-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from the Odisha cadre, will serve in this capacity until a regular incumbent is appointed or further directives are issued. This latest appointment highlights the government’s confidence in Garg’s abilities to navigate the complexities and responsibilities associated with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

Strengthening the Statistical Foundation

The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation plays a pivotal role in the Indian government’s efforts to gather, analyze, and disseminate statistical data, which serves as the foundation for informed policymaking and decision-making processes. As the new Secretary of this crucial ministry, Saurabh Garg will be tasked with ensuring the continued efficiency and effectiveness of the ministry’s operations.

Garg’s expertise and experience in the field of public administration will be invaluable in guiding the ministry’s efforts to collect, collate, and disseminate comprehensive statistical data on various aspects of the Indian economy and society. This data, in turn, will assist policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders in formulating and implementing evidence-based policies and strategies that cater to the diverse needs of the nation.

Continuity and Stability in Key Roles

Alongside Saurabh Garg’s appointment, the Central Government has also extended the additional charge of Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit – India (FIU-India) to IAS officer Vivek Aggarwal for a period of six months.

Aggarwal, a 1994-batch IAS officer from the Madhya Pradesh cadre, has been serving in this role since January 2023. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), based on a proposal from the Department of Revenue, has approved the extension of Aggarwal’s tenure, ensuring continuity and stability in the leadership of the FIU-India.

The Financial Intelligence Unit – India is a crucial agency within the Government of India’s Department of Revenue, responsible for collecting financial intelligence related to crimes covered by the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. Aggarwal’s continued presence at the helm of this agency will contribute to the ongoing efforts to combat financial crimes and money laundering, which have far-reaching implications for the country’s economic and social well-being.

A Commitment to Effective Governance

The Central Government’s decision to appoint Saurabh Garg as the Secretary of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, and to extend Vivek Aggarwal’s tenure as the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit – India, reflects the government’s commitment to effective governance and the strategic placement of seasoned bureaucrats in key roles.

These appointments underscore the importance the government places on maintaining experienced and capable leadership in critical government institutions. By entrusting these esteemed IAS officers with these responsibilities, the government demonstrates its dedication to ensuring the efficient and transparent functioning of these essential ministries and agencies.

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