RK Vats appointed as new chairman of NPPA

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Rakesh Kumar Vats, IAS (WB:1986), has been given an additional charge of Chairman in the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers with immediate effect.
He holds multiple positions including that of Director General (DG) of Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), is the Chairman and Managing Director (C&MD) of HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL), a public sector enterprise under Union Health Ministry that makes condoms, vaccines, medical consumables and diagnostic kits.

“The Competent Authority has approved the assignment of the additional charge of the post of chairman, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, ministry of chemicals and fertilisers to Rakesh Kumar Vats, IAS with immediate effect,” the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet said in a letter dated April 6.

He replaced Bhupendra Singh who was made chairperson of National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention under the Cabinet Secretariat.

Although healthcare activists welcomed the appointment, they were disappointed about handing over such an important charge to a bureaucrat whose hands are already tied-up with several other important responsibilities.

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