Breaking convention of appointing bureaucrats as secretary, the Central Government has appointed Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha an Ayurveda expert as Secretary in the AYUSH ministry.
Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha was appointed special secretary in June this year. Mr.Kotecha is a former vice-chancellor of Gujarat Ayurveda University in Jamnagar.
Rajesh Kotecha – Journey from being an Academician to a Bureaucrat
A recipient of Padmashri Award, Rajesh Kotecha is an Ayurveda Physician. He is the founder of Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic & Research Center in Jaipur, India in 1998. He was the vice-chancellor of Gujarat Ayurveda University from July 2013-2016.
Kotecha is the Trustee, World Ayurveda Foundation, an initiative of Vijnana Bharati. His appointment is the considered as the first instance of a lateral entry into a secretary level position from outside the civil service.Kotecha, will replace CK Mishra who was the secretary for Health and Ayush.
CK Mishra will be the new environment secretary, in place of Ajay Kumar Jha, who will now be the new expenditure secretary.