Union Health Secy Keshav Desiraju transferred

New Delhi: In a reshuffle ahead of the elections, the Union Health and Family Welfare Secretary Keshav Desiraju has been transferred to Consumer's affairs ministry.

Some more senior officers in the separtment are likely to be shifted ahead of the general elections.

  Union Health Secy Keshav Desiraju transferred

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When asked about his transfer, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "These are administrative things. I don't think people should get into it. Officer's and Ministers' portfolio's change, it is a regular affair. He is a capable officer."

According to sources, Azad was not happy with Desiraju's performance of late.

Desiraju, a 1978-batch IAS officer from Uttarakhand cadre, was appointed a year ago as the Health Secretary.

He had joined the Ministry as an Additional Secretary in 2010, after completing his tenure as the Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand.

PTI

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Updated Date: Feb 12, 2014 21:15:36 IST