The central government has appointed Apurva Chandra as MSME Secretary from 2-18 April, 2022 through an order from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT).
Chandra has been assigned the post of MSME Secretary in an additional capacity during the period of absence of Bidyut Bihari Swain.
At present, Apurva Chandra holds the charge of Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting which he assumed in August 2021.
He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering and Masters in Structural Engineering from IIT Delhi.
Prior to this, Chandra served as Secretary, Ministry of Labour& Employment since October 1, 2020 with the mandate to implement the Labour Codes passed by the Parliament in September, 2020 expeditiously.
Under his guidance rules have been framed for all four Labour Codes after extensive consultations with all stakeholders.
From 2013 to 2017, he served as Principal Secretary (Industries) in the Government of Maharashtra and led the country in attracting FDI and other investments over the period.
He has also spent more than seven years in the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas and has served on the Board of Directors of Maharatna PSU, GAIL (India) Ltd. and Petronet LNG Ltd.