Senior-most Indian Information Service officer Neelam Kapur, who had served as UPA government’s spokesperson, was 31 January 2018 appointed director general (DG) of Sports Authority of India (SAI). The 1982 batch IIS officer is at present the Principal Director General of the Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP).
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved her appointment to the post till her superannuation, i.e. July 31, 2019, by upgrading the post to apex level, according to an order by the personnel ministry. Kapur was appointed the Principal Director General of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) by the then UPA government in 2009. As PIB chief, she was in-charge of information officers attached to every central government ministry.
Kapur has been one of the longest serving secretary- level officers of the IIS. She was in November last year given the additional charge of media and communication for the home and sports ministries. The additional charge was later taken back and an IIS officer was appointed to communicate with media for works related to home and personnel ministries.