Imphal, May 08: The Manipur government has appointed Vineet Joshi, a 1992-batch IAS officer of the state cadre, as the new Chief Secretary of the state. He will replace Rajesh Kumar, who had been serving a six-month extension since last December.
Joshi, who was serving as the Director General of the National Testing Agency (NTA) under the Ministry of Education, reached Imphal on a special flight on Sunday after the Manipur government’s request to repatriate him to his parent cadre was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Union Cabinet.
As per Joshi’s appointment order, he will serve as Manipur’s Chief Vigilance Commissioner and Principal Resident Commissioner of Manipur Bhawan in New Delhi. He had previously served in Manipur as the principal secretary to Chief Minister N Biren Singh in March 2017 before being posted in Delhi as the DG, of NTA, which conducts entrance examinations, including the CUET, JEE Main, and NEET.
Joshi is known for his calm demeanor and is fluent in the languages spoken in Manipur. He had received praise from the Manipur Chief Minister for his dedication and hard work during his previous stint in the state.
Joshi, who holds a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT-Kanpur and a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, started his career as a deputy secretary at Manipur’s Department of Youth Affairs and Sports.
He has also served in various capacities in different ministries at the Centre, including the Women and Child Development Ministry, Culture Ministry, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and Ministry of Food Processing Industries.