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R K Singh is new Home Secretary


  Published: June 2011

New Delhi. Mr Raj Kumar Singh has been appointed as the new Home Secretary of India.


He will take over on June 30, succeeding Mr G K Pillai who rertires that day. He will have a tenure of two years.

Mr Singh joined the Home Ministry as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) June 24 as part of the taking over process, and to exchange notes with his predecessor.

An officer of the Bihar cadre from 1975 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Mr Singh was Secretary, Defence Production, in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) till now.

In his new role, he will be responsible also for moderisation of homeland security requirements.

Mr Singh had earlier served in the Home Ministry as a joint secretary for nearly five years. This coupled with his experience in the Defence Ministry helped him to score over two other shortlisted candidates -- Punjab chief secretary S.C. Agarwal and Central Panchayati Raj Secretary A.N.P. Sinha -- for the top post of security management in the country.

Thanks to terror attacks by Pakistanis, including the 26/11 massacre in Mumbai in 2008, the Home Ministry is now engaged in a major exercise to install what are known as Homeland Security systems all over the country.

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