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The government has approved extension in service to Rajiv Gauba as cabinet secretary for a further period of one year beyond 30 August 2022.

This is the second extension for the 1982 batch, Jharkhand cadre IAS officer. Gauba was appointed cabinet secretary, a tenured post for two years, in August 2019. He was given first extension for one year in August 2021 with the term ending on 30 August 2022.

His extension order notification was issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on Friday after the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared it.

Before becoming the cabinet secretary, Gauba was the home secretary. He also served as the secretary, urban affairs and housing in the centre.

Gauba’s extension, which is meant to provide continuity in the top bureaucracy under the Modi administration, comes at a time when pressure points are developing in the economy over global cues and high inflation has kept food and fuel prices high. His biggest challenge would be to steer the economy on path of recovery and growth.

The office of cabinet secretary, which is involved in pushing up both public and private infrastructure investment, will need to step up its act to see that investment cycle is not disturbed. Reviving manufacturing under Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative and pushing up India’s position in ease of doing business index would be another task before him apart from managing and driving the bureaucracy on path of country’s growth and development.

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