New Delhi: Senior bureaucrat Rajeev Topno, private secretary to the prime minister, has been appointed as senior advisor to the Executive Director (ED), World Bank, a personnel ministry order issued on Thursday said.Also Read - World Bank Grants $500 Million to Support India’s Informal Workforce, Cope With Pandemic
Besides him, Brajendra Navnit who served in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has been appointed as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Geneva, Switzerland. Also Read - Green Days Ahead? World Bank Projects India's Economy to Grow at 8.3% in 2021, 7.5% in 2022
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Navnit, a 1999 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, served as joint secretary in the PMO between July 2014 and September 2019.
These appointments assume significance as India is grappling with an economic crisis due to coronavirus pandemic and these organisations play an important role in deciding different trade-related activities.
Five other officers have been appointed to different economic and trade-related posts abroad.
Senior IAS officer Ravi Kota will be Minister (Economic) at the Indian embassy in Washington. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.
Lekhan Thakkar, a Central Secretariat Service (CSS) officer, has been appointed Counsellor (Economic) at the Indian Embassy in Beijing, China.
H Atheli, a 2000 batch officer of the Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS), will be Advisor (Director level) to ED, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines.
Anwar Hussain Shaik has been appointed Counsellor, Permanent Mission of India to the WTO. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service officer of 2000 batch.
N Ashok Kumar will be Advisor (Industry and Engineering), Embassy of India, Brussels, Belgium. He is a 2004 batch IAS officer of Manipur cadre.
All these officers will have a tenure of three years, the order said.