Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Wednesday appointed Forest and Environment Special Secretary Deepak Mohanty as Director of Mines.

He was the 1986-batch Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, who will be taking charge of the Directorate of Mines. The post has been lying vacant since December 31 following retirement of S K Das, sources said.

It was noteworthy to mention that for the first time, a senior officer of the Indian Forest Service has been appointed to the post.