Rajiv Gauba takes over as new Home Secretary


A 1982-batch officer of Jharkhand, Gauba succeeds Rajiv Mehrishi, who superannuated on Thursday after a two-year term. Guaba also gets a two-year fixed term.

The government had announced Gauba as Mehrishi’s successor two months ago and had been brought to the Ministry of Home Affairs as Officer on Special Duty (OSD).

Gauba’s taking over comes at a time Kashmir is still on the heightened security radar and an ongoing investigation against separatist leaders on charges of terror funding.

One of the important tasks before 58-year-old Gauba, a physics graduate hailing from Punjab, is to steer the security establishment on Kashmir to ensure that the separatists and militants do not get an upper hand.

Though the Centre and state government claim marked improvement in the law and order scenario in Jammu and Kashmir, the new Home Secretary will be always on tenterhooks.

Another front would be the Naxals where the government claims it had gained enormously. However, Home Minister Rajnath Singh himself had warned against complacency.

In one of his earlier stints in MHA, Gauba had headed the division handling Left Wing Extremism and this experience is likely to help him in furthering the improvement in the Naxal-infested states.

Ensuring peace in north-east and steering states on ensuring law and order would be other priority areas for Gauba, who was Chief Secretary of Jharkhand before he joined the Central government.

Before joining the MHA as OSD, he was Secretary in the Ministry of Urban Development. He had also served in the Central Government in the Ministries of Defence, Environment and Forests and Department of Electronics and Information Technology.

He also served in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) representing India for four years on its Board.

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