NEW DELHI: Hours after taking charge of the sensitive Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Amit Shah held a marathon meeting with the Home Ministry officials.
According to sources, Shah chaired an important meet on the very first day in the office with top MHA officials. He also sat through presentations of various department in the MHA wing and met senior officers and dignitaries.
The country's security and people's welfare the key priorities of the Modi government, Shah told reporters.
"Today took charge of the MHA. I express my gratitude to PM Modi for having faith in me. Country's security and welfare of people are the top priorities of the Modi government. Under the leadership of Modi, I will try my best to meet all expectations," Shah tweeted soon after assuming the charge.
आज भारत के गृह मंत्री के रूप में पदभार संभाला।
मुझ पर विश्वास प्रकट करने के लिए प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi जी का आभार व्यक्त करता हूँ।
देश की सुरक्षा और देशवासियों का कल्याण मोदी सरकार की सर्वोच्च प्राथमिकता है, मोदी जी के नेतृत्व मैं इसको पूर्ण करने का हर सम्भव प्रयास करूँगा। pic.twitter.com/4rKZW7sb6Z
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 1, 2019
Shah is expected to prioritise BJP government's policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism and checking illegal immigration. Shah was received at the North Block office of the home ministry by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Intelligence Bureau Chief Rajiv Jain and other senior officials.
Two newly-appointed Ministers of State for Home - G K Reddy and Nityananda Rai - also took charge on Saturday.
This is the first time Shah has been appointed as a Union Minister in the Narendra Modi-led central government. He contested his first Lok Sabha election this year, emerging victorious from Gujarat's Gandhinagar constituency.
The BJP-led NDA has received a landslide mandate in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections with the saffron party winning 303 of the 542 seats that went to polls.