The South Block of the Central Secretariat buildings, left, and the North Block, right, which houses the Ministries of Finance and Home Affairs are seen through the rear window of a car (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

AN Jha Is The New Finance Secretary

AN Jha, Secretary (Expenditure), has been designated as the new Finance Secretary, a government order said on Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has cleared Jha's appointment to the post after incumbent Hasmukh Adhia, a 1981-batch Gujarat cadre officer of the Indian Administrative Service, retired on Nov. 30.

Fifty-nine-year old Ajay Narayan Jha, is a 1982-batch IAS officer of Manipur Tripura cadre.

An alumnus of St. Stephens College from where he passed with first class in Graduation and post graduation in History, Jha is a recipient of World Bank scholarship to pursue Masters in Economic Policy Management from McGill University in Canada.

He is also an MPhil in public administration from Delhi University.