In a surprise move, Telecom Secretary J.S. Deepak has been appointed as country's permanent representative to World Trade Organization (WTO).
Mr. Deepak will take over his new assignment from June 1, 2017 and till then he will be Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Department of Commerce in the Ministry of Commerce and Industries with immediate effect.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued the order on Wednesday late night.
Earlier, as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce, Mr. Deepak, a 1982-batch IAS of UP cadre, handled WTO and other international agencies.
With his transfer from the ministry, the government is expected to name a new secretary for the telecom as also for other ministries like tribal affairs and tourism.
Meanwhile, in separate orders, the Secretary, Culture, N.K. Sinha has been given the additional charge of Secretary, Tourism and Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment G. Latha Krishna Rao has been given additional charge of Secretary, Tribal Affairs.