News By/Courtesy: Bhargavi Shukla | 26 Jul 2019 15:06pm IST

Ajay Kumar Bhalla, who has been appointed the new Union Home Secretary happens to be a 1984-batch IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre. Bhalla will be having a fixed two-year tenure till August of 2021.

Bhalla, who is currently the Union Power Secretary, has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) with immediate effect. Appointing the new home secretary as an OSD to the incumbent, for at least a month, gives him as well as the ministry sufficient time to make an easy and well-ordered transition into the new state of affairs.

When Bhalla was in Assam, he skilfully handled various departments, including general administration, home, commerce, transport and drinking water. While Bhalla in his time at the Centre worked in the ministries of shipping, commerce, and power as well as with the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), it is his experience and expertise in handling affairs in Assam that could be utilised most as Home Secretary of India.

However, the two most important and crucial challenges before the Government are the areas Jammu and Kashmir and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. Home Minister Amit Shah is keen on the proper implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and luckily Bhalla will be taking over control at a crucial junction when it has been announced by the Home Minister that he intends to take decisive steps to solve the problem in Kashmir.

Bhalla who was earlier also posted in the coal ministry was involved when a leaked report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in 2012 said the allocation of coal blocks had caused a loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore. The Congress-led UPA government which happened to be in power at that time was shook when the report had come out. For sharing the CBI’s draft investigation status report with the then law minister Ashwani Kumar, Bhalla had to bear the wrath of the Supreme Court. Bhalla, who was then one of the two coal ministry joint secretaries, was also named in this matter.

Section Editor: Sandeep G | 26 Jul 2019 23:11pm IST


Tags : #homesecretary #NRC #KASHMIR

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