Sushma Singh, a 1972 batch Jharkhand (then Bihar) cadre IAS officer, has been appointed Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. Civil Aviation Secretary Ashok Chawla had been given additional charge of I&B Secretary, a slot left vacant when former I&B Secretary Asha Swarup was transferred to Himachal Pradesh as Chief Secretary.
Chawla had been looking after the responsibilities as I&B Secretary since June 19, 2008.
Singh had been serving as Secretary in the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region since 2006 prior to her new assignment. She would be retiring from service in May 2009.
Civil Aviation Secretary Ashok Chawla given additional charge as I&B Secretary