Pawan Agarwal, former CEO, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has joined as Secretary, Consumer Affairs Department, and stepped out of FSSAI.
His place at FSSAI was briefly filled by GSG Ayyangar for the time being.
Now, Arun Singhal has been officially appointed as the CEO of FSSAI.
Singhal belongs to the 1987 Batch of Indian Administrative Service. He is currently posted as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India. His responsibilities include Drugs & Food Regulation, medical education, and implementation of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) under which new AIIMS are being set up in the country.
He has been closely associated with reforms in medical education over the past 2 years. Successful implementation of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and ensuring transparency in medical admissions by way of making common counselling mandatory have been priority areas of work for him. He has also been associated with drafting of the National Medical Commission Bill and Allied and Healthcare Profession Bill.
After completing B.Tech. and M.Tech. from IIT, Kanpur in Electrical Engineering, Singhal joined IAS,1987. He has rich and varied experience of administrative work in diverse areas such as Petroleum and Natural Gas, Industrial Development, Rural Development, Agriculture Marketing and Health & Family Welfare. He has also functioned as Chief Electoral Officer of UP in addition to serving in various capacities in the Central and State Governments.