S. B. Deepak Kumar has been appointed as the new District Collector, Puducherry, Excise Commissioner and Project Director, Project Implementation Agency in place of former Collector G. Ragesh Chandra who is presently on leave.

Mr. Kumar has also been allotted the HRI, Excise and Wakf portfolios and will officiate as Special Secretary (Revenue) and report to the Secretary to Government (Revenue), according to a Government Order.

The order stated that Special Secretary (Industries) P. Mathew Samuel will be in charge of additional subjects of Civil Supplies and Co-operation and also function as Administrator, Pondicherry State Cooperative Bank.

Special Secretary (Personnel) G. Theva Neethi Das will be in charge of Adi-Dravidar Welfare.

Mr. Ragesh Chandra will report to the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (Personnel Wing) on the expiry of his leave for further postings, the order said.