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Sharad Kumar Saraf elected FIEO’s new President

Exporters body Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) has elected Sharad Kumar Saraf as its new president. Saraf will succeed renowned exporter Ganesh Kumar Gupta.

About Sharad Kumar Saraf

Saraf in his earlier stints at FIEO has served twice as vice-president and four times as regional chairman (west region). He is also chairman and founder of Technocraft Industries (India).

Saraf during his earlier period as vice-president and regional chairman (west region) established Indian Exporters Grievance Forum that work towards addressing exporters’ grievances through legal channel.

With his new appointment as FIEO’s President he will work towards further pushing issues of exporters at different forums and boost country’s exports.

About FIEO

It was established in 1965 with headquarters in New Delhi. It was formed by Union Ministry of Commerce and private trade and industry.

It is an apex body of exports promotion council, commodity boards and export development authorities in India. Its direct members contribute more than 70% of India’s exports.

Function: Providing crucial interface between international trading community of India and Centre and state government, railways, ports, surface transport, financial institutions and all other engaged in trade facilitation.

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Arvind Saxena appointed as Chairman of Union Public Service Commission

President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Arvind Saxena as Chairman of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which conducts examination to select bureaucrats, diplomats and police officers. He will have tenure till August 7, 2020, when he attains the age of 65 years. Prior to this appointment, he was working as acting Chairman of UPSC since June 2018. He had joined UPSC as member in May 2015. Prior to joining the UPSC, he was working as director of the Aviation Research Centre (ARC).

Arvind Saxena

He was student of civil engineering from Delhi College of Engineering and holds M.Tech in systems management from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. He was selected for civil services and joined Indian Postal Service in 1978. In 1988, he started working at Cabinet Secretariat, where he specialised in study of strategic developments in neighbouring countries. He has served in different countries and in states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. He is recipient of awards for meritorious services (2005) and distinguished services (2012).

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

UPSC is constitutional body which conducts the prestigious civil services examination to select IAS, IFS and IPS officers among others. It has been established under Article 315 of the Constitution and consists of Chairman and ten Members appointed and removed by President.

The chairman and members of the Commission hold office for a term if six years or until they attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. It conducts the prestigious civil services examination to select officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.

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