New Delhi, Aug 29 The Central government appointed Steel Secretary G. Mohan Kumar as defence production secretary while Ashok Lavasa was made environment and forests secretary, an official statement said .
According to the appointments cleared by the appointments committee of the cabinet, Rakesh Singh, an 1978 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre, will replace Kumar as steel secretary.
Kumar is a 1979 batch IAS officer of Odisha cadre while Lavasa is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.
V. Somasundaran, a 1979 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre, was appointed as secretary with the civil aviation ministry.
Sunil Arora, a 1980 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre, was appointed secretary in the newly-created department of skill development and entrepreneurship.
The department functions under the skill development, entrepreneurship, youth affairs and sports ministry.