NAME : AJAY KUMAR BHALLA
CADRE/YEAR : ASSAM-MEGHALAYA, 1984
· M. Sc.(Botany) from University of Delhi, India
· MBA from University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
· M.Phil (Social Sciences), Punjab University.
Ø Director General of Foreign Trade since 20th October, 2016. Before joining DGFT, Shri Bhalla worked as Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce, Govt. of India with effect from 13th April, 2015. He also functioned as Designated Authority, Directorate General Anti Dumping since 4th August, 2015. During his tenure he happened to dispose off 58 cases including important anti-dumping cases relating to steel sector.
Ø Prior to this assignment Shri Bhalla worked as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Govt. of India with effect from 1st July 2010 and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Coal, from 8th January 2015 to 12th April, 2015. In this assignment he dealt with allocation and allotment of coal blocks.
Ø In previous assignments in Government of India, Shri Bhalla has worked as Director (Ports) in the Department of Shipping, from May 2002 to March 2005 and looked after the Port Operations and Human Resource Development matters of all the Major Ports in the country. Subsequently, he worked as Joint Secretary (Ports) from April 2005 to May 2007 in the Department of Shipping and looked after Port Development, Port Operations, HRD matters relating to Major Ports.
Ø Shri Bhalla has also handled various assignments in the cadre in the States of Assam & Meghalaya.