Political journalist Ajay Kumar Singh was on Monday appointed as the Press Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind, an official order said.
Mr Singh, 55, is currently associated with the Firstpost news portal as a contributor.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the appointment of Mr Singh as Press Secretary to the President on contract basis initially for a period of one year or until further orders, the Department of Personnel and Training said in an order.
He succeeds Ashok Malik, whose term ended in July.
Mr Singh started his career with the Times of India in 1985 in Lucknow and has worked in the Economic Times and the Telegraph. He later joined the Pioneer in Delhi.
He has also worked in the Business Standard, Star News and News X.
He was editor of the Governance Now magazine before joining the Firstpost as Executive Editor.
He went back to the Governance Now again as Director, Editorial.
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