Seasoned bureaucrat Giridhar Aramane takes over charge as Defence Secretary on 1st November, who was serving as Secretary of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways prior to this new assignment. Aramane succeeded Ajay Kumar, who retired from service on Monday.
Before taking charge, Aramane, a 1988-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, laid a wreath at the National War Memorial and paid homage to the fallen heroes. “We draw inspiration from these bravehearts and promise to work towards fulfilling their dream of making India a safe and prosperous country,” he said.
In his 32-year career as an IAS officer, Aramane has held various important positions in the Andhra Pradesh government and the central government. He also served as an Additional Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat. Aramane looked after the exploration division in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and was the Executive Director, in charge of inspections, in the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA).
In Andhra Pradesh, Aramane served as Principal Secretary in the Urban Development Department, Managing Director of AP State Finance Corporation and Secretary of the Finance Department. He also held the post of the Collector and District Magistrate (DM) of Chittoor and Khammam districts.
He is a B Tech in Civil Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, and M Tech from IIT, Madras. He also did MA (Economics) from Kakatiya University, Warangal.