P Madhavan Nair, defence production secretary, has been appointed secretary to the President, a post lying vacant for nearly two years, official sources said on Wednesday.
A 1967-batch Indian Administrative Services officer, Nair's name was accepted by
President-elect A P J Abdul Kalam, who was earlier understood to have turned down names of other officials, suggested by the government for the post.
Kalam will be sworn-in as the country's 11th President on Thursday.
The post of secretary to the President had fallen vacant after Gopal Krishna Gandhi had quit to become India's high commissioner to Sri Lanka.
Defence Secretary Subir Dutta has been given the additional charge of defence production, the sources said.
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