Kothari, who retired as secretary in the department of personnel and training in June 2016, is a 1978-batch IAS officer from Haryana cadre.
Malik is a fellow at policy think-tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and also the head of ORF’s Neighbourhood Regional Studies Initiative. He is a leading columnist for newspapers. He is the first Press secretary to be chosen from outside the government establishment. His predecessor Venu Rajamony was a 1986 batch officer of Indian Foreign Service.
Press secretaries to former Presidents Giani Zail Singh, R Venkataraman, Shankar Dayal Sharma and KR Narayanan were either IAS or IFS officers while APJ Abdul Kalam’s press secretary SM Khan was a 1982 batch officer from Indian Information Service.
Source : timesofindia