New Delhi: Giridhar Aramane, a 1988-batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre assumed the office of Defence Secretary here on Tuesday.
He has taken over as Defence Secretary following superannuation of Dr Ajay Kumar on October 31.
Before taking charge at the Ministry, Aramane laid a wreath at National War Memorial and paid homage to the fallen heroes.
He saluted the bravehearts who sacrificed their lives while protecting the nation.
“We draw inspiration from these bravehearts and promise to work towards fulfilling their dream of making India a safe & prosperous country,” Aramane said during his visit to the Memorial.
In his 32 years of experience in IAS, Aramane has held various important portfolios in the Central Government as well as Andhra Pradesh government.
Prior to joining the Defence Ministry, he was Secretary in Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
Earlier, he was Additional Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat. Apart from Cabinet Secretariat, Aramane looked after Exploration Division in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and was Executive Director in-charge of inspections in Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, a government release said.
In the Andhra Pradesh government, Aramane has served as Principal Secretary in Urban Development Department; Managing Director of AP State Finance Corporation and Secretary (Finance Department).
He also held the post of the Collector and DM of Chittoor and Khammam districts.
Aramane did B Tech in Civil Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad and M Tech from IIT, Madras. He is MA (Economics) from Kakatiya University, Warangal.