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Cabinet clears decks for appointment of new Union Home Secretary

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power Raj Kumar Singh (right) with Secretary, Ministry of Power ,Ajay Kumar Bhalla, in New Delhi (File photo: ANI)Premium
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power Raj Kumar Singh (right) with Secretary, Ministry of Power ,Ajay Kumar Bhalla, in New Delhi (File photo: ANI)

  • Ajay Kumar Bhalla, currrently the Power Secretary, will take over from Rajiv Gauba on 31 August
  • Bhalla takes over at a crucial time when Amit Shah is set to rejig the Ministry's dealings in the conflict areas of Kashmir and Chhattisgarh

New Delhi: In a major reshuffle, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Wednesday appointed Power Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla as the Officer on Special Duty in the Union Home Ministry, who will take over as the new Union Home Secretary from incumbent Rajiv Gauba on 31 August.

According to an official order, Bhalla, a 1984-batch IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, will join the Home Ministry with immediate effect and will continue to function as the OSD until Gauba retires on 31 August.

Bhalla, who will report directly to Union home minister Amit Shah, takes over at a crucial time when Shah is set to rejig the Ministry's dealings in the conflict areas of Kashmir and Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh.

Bhalla will have a fixed two-year tenure as union Home Secretary till August 2021.

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