The appointment committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Rajiv Takru (IAS office of 1979 batch) as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He is currently serving as Director General of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) under the Ministry of Textiles. Takru will replace Uday Kumar Verma (IAS officer of 1976 batch).
Takru had joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1979. Over a period of 40 years, he has held important responsibilities at various ministries in State and Central Government, including Defense, Textiles, Revenue, Warehousing Corporation, and so on.
He has to his credit a number of awards and distinctions, including Sanskar Puraskar in 1993 for Public Service. The citation and award was given by the then Governor of Gujarat, Dr Swarup Singh.
He was given the Udyog Ratan Award by the Institute of Economic Growth in 2005 for turning around the Gujarat State Warehousing Corporation.