In continuance with its striving to bring about substantial reforms and probity into the Indian Defence Establishment, a new Secretary-level post has been created in the Defence Ministry to help in better management of its accounts which has been earmarked a whopping amount of Rs. 2.58 lakh crore.
Continuing the Government’s push to get the best person suiting the job role, firmly breaking the IAS glass ceiling, Shobhana Joshi, an Indian Defence Accounts Service officer of 1979 batch, has been appointed as Secretary (Defence Finance) with effect from June 1, 2016. She is presently working as Controller General of Defence Accounts. The post of Financial Adviser (Defence Services) has been upgraded to this Secretarial rank.
The traditional quartet of Secretaries to Department of Defence, Department of Defence Production, Department of Ex Serviceman Welfare, and Defence Research and Development Organisation has been expanded by a Secretary for Defence Finance this way to make it a pentagon, at least in allegorical terms.