Senior IAS Alkesh Kumar Sharma Appointed As MeitY Secretary

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Prior to his appointment, he served as the secretary (Coordination) at the Cabinet Secretariat

The personnel ministry has appointed Alkesh Kumar Sharma as a secretary at the ministry of electronics & information technology (Meity).

Sharma is a senior IAS officer Alkesh Kumar Sharma. Prior to his appointment, he served as the secretary (Coordination) at the Cabinet Secretariat.

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The Kerala cadre IAS officer, Sharma will now be responsible for the smooth implementation of the ‘futuristic’ DIR-V initiative, which entails over $10 billion in government support to all chip manufacturing and design facilities, is not new to spearhead such key projects.

Sharma had earlier served as the additional chief secretary-industries of the Kerala government from May 2020 to April 2021. From September 2019 to April 2021 Sharma was the Managing Director of Kochi Metro Rail Ltd as well as CEO of Cochin Smart City Mission Ltd.

Earlier in February this year, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet had elevated Sharma as the secretary (Coordination) in the cabinet secretariat. The 1990-Batch IAS officer was formerly serving as special secretary, cabinet secretariat.

Among immediate tasks as secretary MeitY, Sharma will be required to revive the much talked about 1,000-day plan. The recent timelines announced by the Centre to prioritise semiconductor chip manufacturing has sparked-off new excitement among the top technology players.

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