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G.K.PILLAI TAKES OVER AS COMMERCE SECRETARY

Date : 30 Sep 2006
Location : New Delhi
 

G.K.PILLAI TAKES OVER AS COMMERCE SECRETARY

New Delhi, 30th September, 2006 

Shri G.K. Pillai (IAS: 1972) took over as Commerce Secretary here today. He succeeds Shri S.N. Menon (IAS: West Bengal cadre: 1969), who superannuated today as Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Department of Commerce), Government of India. 

Prior to his appointment as Commerce Secretary, Shri Pillai was Special Secretary in the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, dealing with matters relating to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), RMTR (Regional and Multilateral Trade Relations) and UNCTAD. He was also looking after matters pertaining to Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Export Oriented Units (EOUs) and is Chairman of the Board of Approvals (BOA) on SEZs and EOUs in the Department of Commerce.  

He has represented the state and central government in delegations to USA, the European Union (EU), Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Thailand, Slovenia and the United Kingdom (UK).  He is also Chairman of the Grievances Redressal Committee on matters relating to foreign trade and Regional Trade Arrangements (RTAs)/ Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)/ Preferential Trade Arrangements (PTAs).   

Belonging to the Kerala cadre of the Indian Administrative Service, had worked in diverse fields in the state government of Kerala including as District Collector of Quilon; Special Secretary for Industries, especially the traditional industries of cashew, coir and handlooms; Secretary, Health and as Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala. 

In the central government, he had worked in the Ministries of Defence, Shipping and Transport and in the Ministry of Home Affairs, dealing with the North Eastern states.

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