Civil Accounts Service officer Deepak Das on Sunday took charge as the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) under the Department of Expenditure, the Finance Ministry said.

Das, a 1986-batch Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) officer, has held important positions at different levels in ministries such as science & technology, environment and forest, and Departments for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade.

He also held important positions in departments of heavy industries, commerce, agriculture, road transport, highways and home affairs, as well as the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs.

Prior to assuming charge of CGA, he was the principal chief controller of accounts in the Central Board of Direct Taxes. He was pivotal to several important technology-driven initiatives relating to direct taxes collection, reporting and receipt accounting, the ministry said in a statement.

Das is the 25th officer to hold the position of CGA, who is the principal advisor on accounting matters to the Union government.

Under the Department of Expenditure, CGA is responsible for establishing and managing a technically sound management accounting system for preparing and submitting of the accounts of the Union government and internal audits.