New Delhi: Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Vivek Kumar was appointed as Private Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. Also Read - Cyclone Tauktae Likely to Hit Karnataka Coast Tonight; PM Modi Reviews Preparedness | 10 Points

The order of appointment was issued by the Department of Personnel Training (DoPT) “with effect from the date of assumption of charge of the post, on co-terminus basis or until further orders, whichever comes earlier,” an official said. Also Read - PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme Reaches 7.03 Lakh Farmers In Bengal, Mamata Accuses Centre Of Dilly-Dallying Funds

The appointment came as a result of a bureaucratic reshuffle in the Central government of Friday where eight officials were transferred, including Vivek Kumar. Also Read - Times Group Chairperson Indu Jain Dies, PM Modi Expresses Grief

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by the Prime Minister, cleared the new assignment for Kumar, a 2004 batch IFS officer, was presently working as a Director of Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). He was appointed as the Deputy Secretary at the PMO in 2014.

As per Kumar’s LinkedIn account, he holds a BTech degree in chemical engineering from IIT Bombay following which he has served in diplomatic positions in Russia and Australia.

With PTI inputs