IAS officer Current Affairs - 2020

President’s New Secretary: Former retd IAS officer Kapil Dev Tripathi

On April 20, 2020, the Former IAS officer Kapil Dev Tripathi was appointed as the new secretary to the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved his appointment for a term co-terminus with the tenure of the President.

Appointment Committee of the Cabinet

The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet appoints the top posts of Government of India. It is composed of Prime Minister of India (chairman), Home Minister. The committee makes appointments according to the Transactions of Business rules, 1961.

The committee makes the appointments of Director General of Military Operations, Chiefs of three services, Chiefs of Air and army commands, scientific advisor of the defence minister, director general of defence estates, director general of armed forces, governor of reserve bank of India, Chief Vigilance Officers, Chairman and Members of railway board.

Kapil Dev Tripathi

He is a 1980 batch IAS officer. He is to replace Sanjay Kotahri. MR Sanjay Kothari has been appointed as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner in February. Mr Tripathi retired as Secretary in Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

CARUNA: An initiative by the civil servants to fight against COVID-19

On April 4, 2020, the associations of civil servants formed an initiative called CARUNA. CARUNA is Civil Services Associations Reach to Support Natural Disasters.


CARUNA is a collaborative platform. It includes IAS and IPS officers. The platform is to be represented by NGO, industry leaders, IT professionals along with the civil servants. The initiative is being launched to support government efforts to fight Corona Virus.

What is the role of CARUNA?

As civil servants are spread out all over the country, the initiative is an ideal platform to assist and supplement government effort. It will help in generating data base of information about migration, medical equipment, essential supplies, ventilators and masks.

The initiative will help address shortages at district level. These officers are to work along the empowered inter-ministerial panel set up earlier by the GoI to handle COVID-19 crisis in the country.

The CARUNA will also work towards augmenting human resources, facilitating supply chain, information dissemination, public awareness, data management, welfare measures, etc.