G Mohan Kumar today took over as the new Defence Secretary, succeeding RK Mathur, who laid down office yesterday. Belonging to the 1979 batch of IAS, Odisha cadre, G Mohan Kumar is a post-Graduate in Chemistry and an MBA from UK. He has worked in various ministries and departments including Steel, Water Resources, Rural Development, Fisheries, Export Development and VAT Administration.
G Mohan Kumar was the Secretary, Defence Production since 01 September 2014 before taking over as the Defence Secretary.
Ashok Kumar Gupta (1981- batch Tamilnadu Cadre) who was special secretary in the Department of Defence Production today took over as the new Secretary, (Defence Production), succeeding G Mohan Kumar. Gupta is a Post-Graduate in Public Administration from Syracuse University (USA) and an M. Phill degree holder in Defence & Strategic studies from Madras University.
He has worked in various capacities in different Ministries and Departments including Health and Family Welfare, Defence, Industry and Commerce, Small Scale Industries, Urban Development, Personnel and Shipping.