Rajiv Gauba (IAS) assumes charge as Cabinet Secretary

New Delhi: Rajiv Gauba has assumed charge as the new Cabinet Secretary on Friday after the superannuation of PK Sinha. He is an IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre (1982 batch) and has held important assignments over the span of his career. He has served as Union Home Secretary, Secretary at Ministry of Urban Development, and Chief Secretary of Jharkhand. He has also represented India at the International Monetary Fund.

Gauba a key implementer of Article 370

He was one of the key implementers of the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 and the reorganisation of Jammu & Kashmir. Gauba spearheaded the formulation and execution of these initiatives in the Ministry of Home Affairs. Along with a small core team, he gave final shape to constitutional and legal aspects while working out administrative and security arrangements. Earlier, during his stint in MHA as Additional Secretary, he prepared a multi-pronged action plan in 2015 to tackle Left Wing Extremism. He also steered its implementation which has resulted in a significant shrinking of the spread of Maoists’ area of influence.

Other achievements

Besides MHA, Gauba has served in the Central government in wide-ranging areas such as Urban Development, Defence, Environment & Forests, and Department of Electronics and Information Technology. As Chief Secretary of Jharkhand, Gauba had introduced major governance and economic reforms, including lateral entry of professionals, restructuring, downsizing of ministries, and labour reforms. Jharkhand leapt from the bottom of the table to 3rd rank in Ease of Doing Business during his tenure. Gauba has also represented the country for four years on the board of IMF.

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