Raghu Menon has taken charge as the new Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) from July 6, 2009. Menon, a 1974 batch IAS officer of the Nagaland cadre, takes charge from Tourism Secretary Jawahar Sircar, who had been holding additional charge of MIB following the retirement of Sushma Singh in May this year.
Menon’s appointment as the I&B Secretary is expected to raise the expectations of the media industry given the fact that he had worked for a brief while as a journalist with English newspaper The Hitavada in Nagpur before joining the civil services. He was even awarded the Austin Wingate Nazareth Gold Medal for his outstanding performance in Journalism. He is said to take a keen interest in mass communications, public relations and the media.
It may be noted that Menon had been in the MIB as Joint Secretary and Additional Secretary during his earlier stints.
Prior to taking charge as I&B Secretary, Menon was Chairman and Managing Director of National Aviation Company of India Ltd (NACIL).