New Delhi (NVI): S Aparna, a 1988-batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, today assumed charge as Secretary in the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
She has replaced Dr PD Vaghela who superannuated on September 30, 2020.
Aparna was appointed to the post of Executive Director, World Bank in 2017, representing the Constituency of India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, according to Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers statement.
In 2019, she was given a proforma promotion as Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) while she was on deputation in Washington DC as Executive Director, World Bank, the statement added.
She has also served as the Principal Secretary to the then Gujarat CM.
Born in 1963, the new Pharma Secretary has also served both Centre and the state on several important assignments including in the Department of finance, planing , Urban and Housing Development, Textile etc.