The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Bimal Julka as Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. He is taking charge from Uday Kumar Varma, who is retiring on June 30, 2013.
Prior to this appointment, Julka has been Special Secretary and Financial Advisor in the Ministry of External Affairs. He is an IAS Officer of the 1979 batch of Madhya Pradesh cadre.
Julka has extensive experience as a bureaucrat. He has held important positions both in Government of India and the Madhya Pradesh Government.
Prior to his appointment at the Ministry of External Affairs as Additional Secretary and Director General FA, Julka held the post of Additional Secretary and Director General Currency in the Department of Economic Affairs under the Ministry of Finance.
Julka was earlier Director Finance, Director Civil Aviation, Secretary National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Director Commerce and Industry and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Defense. Before his deputation to the Centre, Julka had held the post of Commissioner Public Relations, Government of Madhya Pradesh.
He had completed a 39-week training at Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford (1999); attended the Conference on Role of Media in the Digital Age in Vienna (1999); took special courses in Export Market strategy (1990), Development policy and Management Role of PS (1991), and Mid-Career Training Programme for IAS (2007) in the US.
Julka’s appointment comes at a crucial time when the broadcast industry is moving towards Phase III of digitisation, moreover Phase III of FM expansion is also round the corner.