Rajiv Gauba Takes Over as the New Cabinet Secretary

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba with his predecessor P.K. Sinha in New Delhi on August 30, 2019. Photo: PIB
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba with his predecessor P.K. Sinha in New Delhi on August 30, 2019. Photo: PIB

Rajiv Gauba has joined as the new Cabinet Secretary in the Government of India after the superannuation of P.K. Sinha.

He is an IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre (1982 batch) and has held important assignments like Union Home Secretary, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India and Chief Secretary, Jharkhand. He has also represented India at the International Monetary Fund.

According to a government statement released Friday (August 30), Gauba brings to his new assignment rich and wide-ranging experience spanning Security, Governance and Financial verticals in the Central and State Governments as also in international organizations.

He was one of the key implementation officers of the Indian government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 and the reorganization of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). With an eye for details, he spearheaded the formulation and execution of these initiatives in MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs).

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Along with a small core team, he gave final shape to constitutional and legal aspects while working out administrative and security arrangements in J&K.

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.

Gauba has also served in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) representing the country for four years on the Board of IMF.

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