Raj Kumar Singh to be next Union Home Secretary

Last Updated: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 20:41

New Delhi: Raj Kumar Singh, a 1975 batch
Bihar cadre IAS officer, is all set to be the country`s next
Home Secretary succeeding G K Pillai who retires on June 30.

Singh`s name was cleared by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh today and a formal notification on his appointment as
the new Home Secretary will be issued soon, official sources

Singh, currently Secretary, Defence Production, in the
Ministry of Defence, had last week appeared before Home
Minister P Chidambaram for an interview, along with a few
others including Punjab Chief Secretary S C Aggarwal.

Singh had met Defence Minister A K Antony on Monday and
expressed his desire to move into the high-profile post in the
North Block.

Sources said the Defence Minister readily accepted the
request of Singh and assured him that he would be relieved
from the present assignment once a formal decision is taken by
the government.

Singh, who had earlier served in the Home Ministry as a
Joint Secretary for about five years, will have a fixed
two-year tenure.

Pillai, a 1972 batch Kerala cadre IAS officer, took
charge as Home Secretary in June 2009 -- seven months after
the Mumbai terror attack -- and oversaw the complete overhaul
of the country`s security establishment.


First Published: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 20:41
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