Points to Remember:
- Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba was appointed as the next Cabinet Secretary for a tenure of two years.
- Gauba, a 1982-batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre, will initially join as the Officer on Special Duty in the Cabinet Secretariat, before he takes over the charge of the country’s top bureaucracy from the incumbent Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha.
- Born in Punjab in 1958, Gauba had replaced Rajiv Mehrishi as the union home secretary. He was chief secretary of Jharkhand for 15 months before joining the urban development ministry on 1 April 2016. He also served as the collector and district magistrate of Nalanda, Muzaffarpur and Gaya districts in the undivided state of Bihar.
- Gauba took charge as the home secretary on August 31, 2017.
- He represented India on the board of International Monetary Fund for four years.
About Cabinet Secretary of India:
- The Cabinet Secretary is the top-most executive official and senior-most civil servant of the Government of India.
- The Cabinet Secretary is the ex-officio head of the Civil Services Board, the Cabinet Secretariat, the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), and all civil services under the rules of business of the government.
- The Cabinet Secretary is the senior-most cadre post of the Indian Administrative Service, ranking eleventh on the Indian order of precedence.The Cabinet Secretary is under the direct charge of the prime minister.
- Since 2010, the Cabinet Secretary’s term length was extended to a maximum of four years
- Inaugural holder: N. R. Pillai, ICS
Important Possible questions based on above News:
- Who has been appointed as the next Cabinet Secretary for a tenure of two years? Rajiv Gauba
- From which year, the Cabinet Secretary’s term length was extended to a maximum of four years? 2010