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R Gopalan takes over as Secretary, Financial Services

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Mr R Gopalan, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1976 batch (Tamil Nadu cadre) has assumed charge as Secretary, Financial Services in the Ministry of Finance.


Prior to this, he was serving as Special Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. He has also served as Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.


An official press release said Mr Gopalan has participated actively in ministerial meetings at Doha, Cancun and Hong Kong, and assisted the Commerce Minister at the G-6, G-20 and G-110 meetings. He has also participated in inter-governmental negotiation meetings in the areas of agriculture, services and environmental goods, and led the Indian delegation at the WTO.

Mr Gopalan has served as Director General Anti-Dumping and Anti-Subsidy Investigation; Director on the Boards of Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation Ltd./State Trading Corporation; Chairman & Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation. He has also held various positions in the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Mr Gopalan has a Master’s degree in Economics from Boston University as well as in Public Administration and Management from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, the release added.


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