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Newly appointed Union home minister Amit Shah took charge on Saturday afternoon, two days days after taking oath of office, at the Capital’s North Block.

Shah was welcomed at the ministry of home affairs by Intelligence Bureau director Rajiv Jain and Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, amid airtight security.

Shah, who is also the current president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) , takes over as the Union home minister after former home minister in the first NDA government, Rajnath Singh, took over as the Union Defence minister on Friday.

Shah takes over the ministry while it has been grappling with issues of rising militancy in the Kashmir valley, especially in the wake of the Pulwama suicide attack that killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers.

Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishen Reddy also assumed charge on Saturday.

The Union home ministry is also dealing the mammoth exercise of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, while also awaiting the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill also awaits passage in the Rajya Sabha.

The NRC exercise however, is a Supreme Court mandated exercise.

The ministry under Shah will also focus much more closely on challenges posed in Jammu and Kashmir as well as on Naxalism in Chhattisgarh.

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