In a major top-level bureaucratic reshuffle, Urban Development Secretary Rajiv Gauba was on Wednesday named as the next Home Secretary. He will succeed Rajiv Mehrishi, who completes his term on August 30. A total of 16 secretaries have been appointed to various central government departments. The government has changed portfolios of a few secretaries in this rejig. Rajiv Gauba, a 1982 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, will take over as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Union home ministry with immediate effect, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
Gauba has served in the home ministry as joint and additional secretaries where he looked after crucial Naxal division, among other responsibilities. Durga Shanker Mishra will replace Gauba as the Urban Development Secretary. He is the Additional Secretary in the same ministry.
Gauba brings with him wide-ranging experience in senior positions at policy making and programme implementation in the Central and State Governments and in international organisations. As per a government release, Gauba, 58, hails from Punjab and is a physics graduate from Patna University.
Before joining the central government, Gauba was Chief Secretary, Jharkhand for 15 months. Earlier, the top bureaucrat, served in the central government in the Ministries of Home, Defence, Finance, Environment and Forests and Department of Electronics and Information Technology in senior positions. Gauba also represented the country in International Monetary Fund for four years on the Board.