Rajiv Mehrishi appointed as new Home Secretary

1 Sep 2015 | By Shiladitya

Rajiv Mehrishi, a senior IAS officer, assumed the office of Home Secretary, replacing L.C. Goyal.

Sources said that the pedantic Goyal's removal was to "accommodate" Mehrishi, who was handpicked by Modi and whose style of working was appreciated by the government.

As a result, Congress accused Modi of "excessive centralisation and authoritarianism".

Goyal, however, stated that his resignation was purely "for personal reasons".

In context: Third Home Secretary change in a year

The Home Ministry

The Home Ministry is an internal ministry responsible for maintaining internal security and domestic policy. It is headed by the Minister of Home Affairs, who is duly assisted by the Home Secretary and other civil servants.

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1 Sep 2015Rajiv Mehrishi appointed as new Home Secretary