Government appoints Dr V G Somani as new DCGI

Our Bureau, MumbaiFriday, August 16, 2019, 13:30 Hrs  [IST]

117604DR-VG-SOMANI The Central government on August 14 appointed VG Somani as the new Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on deputation for a period of three years. He is currently serving as the Joint Drugs Controller (India) of Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO).

CDSCO is the national regulatory body for Indian pharmaceuticals and medical devices functioning under the Union health ministry.

“The Cabinet appointments committee has approved the appointment of Dr VG Somani, joint drugs controller (India), Central Drugs Standard Control Organization to the post of Drugs Controller (India), CDSCO,” according to an official note.

The appointment has been made in accordance to the Central Pay Commission (CPC) on deputation including short term contract basis for a period of three years from the date of assumption of charge or until further orders whichever is earlier, as per the note.

Dr S Eswara Reddy currently holds the position of DCGI on an ad-hoc basis. The appointment of Somani will end the wait of having full-time DCGI for the last two years. Reddy was initially appointed interim DCGI in February 2018 for three months and since then has been continuing on quarterly extensions.

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in its recommendation to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has preferred Somani as its first choice for DCGI followed by Reddy.

Cabinet’s Appointments Committee approval has been sent to department of health & family welfare and Prime Minister's Office for confirmation.