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
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.