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Home Secretary India
Home Secretary
G?ha Saciva
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The Secretary, Ministry of Power, Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla in New Delhi on May 31, 2019 (cropped).jpg
Ajay Kumar Bhalla, IAS

since 22 August 2019[1]
Ministry of Home Affairs
Member ofStrategic Policy Group
Committee of Secretaries on Administration
Reports to
Residence3, New Moti Bagh, New Delhi[2]
SeatMinistry of Home Affairs
North Block, Cabinet Secretariat
Raisina Hill
New Delhi
AppointerAppointments Committee of the Cabinet
Term lengthTwo years, term can be extended.[3][4][5]
Formation1947; 72 years ago (1947)
Salary (US$3,300) monthly[6][7]
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Home Secretary (IAST: G?ha Saciva) is the administrative head of the Ministry of Home Affairs. This post is held by senior IAS officer of the rank of Secretary to Government of India. The current Home Secretary is Ajay Kumar Bhalla.[8]

As a Secretary to Government of India, the Home Secretary ranks 23rd on Indian Order of Precedence.[9][10][11][12]

Powers, responsibilities and postings

Home Secretary is the administrative head of the Ministry of Home Affairs, and is the principal adviser to the Home Minister on all matters of policy and administration within the Home Ministry.[13]

The role of Home Secretary is as follows:

Emolument, accommodation and perquisites

An Indian Diplomatic Passport and an Official Passport generally issued to the Home Secretary.

The Home Secretary is eligible for a Diplomatic passport. The official earmarked residence of the Union Home Secretary is 3, New Moti Bagh, New Delhi, a Type-VIII bungalow.[2]

As the Home Secretary is of the rank of Secretary to Government of India, his/her salary is equivalent[15] to Chief Secretaries of State Governments and to Vice Chief of Army Staff/Commanders, in the rank of Lieutenant General and equivalent ranks in Indian Armed Forces.[15]

Home Secretary monthly pay and allowances
Base Salary as per 7th Pay Commission (Per month) Pay Matrix Level Sources
(US$3,300) Pay Level 17 [6][7]

List of Home Secretaries

List of Union Home Secretaries
Name Assumed office Left office Ref
Ajay Kumar Bhalla 22 August 2019 Incumbent [16][17]
Rajiv Gauba 31 August 2017 22 August 2019 [18]
Rajiv Mehrishi 31 August 2015 30 August 2017 [19]
L C Goyal 5 February 2015 31 August 2015 [20]
Anil Goswami 1 July 2013 4 February 2015 [21]
Raj Kumar Singh 30 June 2011 30 June 2013 [22]
Gopal Krishna Pillai 30 June 2009 30 June 2011 [23]
Vinod Kumar Duggal March 2005 31 March 2007
Dhirendra Singh 1 July 2004 March 2005 [24]
Anil Baijal
N. Gopalaswami
Naresh Chandra 1 March 1990 1 December 1990
Narinder Nath Vohra 1 April 1993 31 May 1994

See also


  1. ^ @PIBHomeAffairs (22 August 2019). "Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla I.A.S. (AM:1984) taking charge as Union Home Secretary, from Shri Rajiv Gauba I.A.S. (JH:1982)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b Singh, Vijaita (September 16, 2015). "Home Secretary gives the miss to fortified bungalow". The Hindu. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Khare, Harish (February 8, 2005). "Fixed tenure planned for Home, Defence Secretaries". The Hindu. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Fixed tenure for defence, home secretaries". Rediff.com. September 22, 2005. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Fixed tenure for Defence, Home Secretaries". Outlook. September 22, 2005. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Report of the 7th Central Pay Commission of India" (PDF). Seventh Central Pay Commission, Government of India. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ a b Biswas, Shreya, ed. (June 29, 2016). "7th Pay Commission cleared: What is the Pay Commission? How does it affect salaries?". India Today. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "ajay-bhalla-to-be-new-home-secretary". thehindu. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Order of Precedence" (PDF). Rajya Sabha. President's Secretariat. July 26, 1979. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "Table of Precedence" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. President's Secretariat. July 26, 1979. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "Table of Precedence". Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. President's Secretariat. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ Maheshwari, S.R. (2000). Indian Administration (6th Edition). New Delhi: Orient Blackswan Private Ltd. ISBN 9788125019886.
  13. ^ "Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure - 14th Edition (2015)" (PDF). Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension. p. 6. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ a b c Laxmikanth, M. (2014). Governance in India (2nd Edition). Noida: McGraw Hill Education. pp. 3.1-3.10. ISBN 978-9339204785.
  15. ^ a b "Army Pay Rules, 2017" (PDF). Ministry of Defence, Government of India. May 3, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ @PIBHomeAffairs (22 August 2019). "Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla I.A.S. (AM:1984) taking charge as Union Home Secretary, from Shri Rajiv Gauba I.A.S. (JH:1982)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "ajay-bhalla-to-be-new-home-secretary". thehindu. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ "Shri Rajiv Gauba takes over as Union Home Secretary". 31 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Rajiv Mehrishi takes over as Home Secretry". 31 August 2015.
  20. ^ "L.C. Goyal takes over as Home Secretary". 5 February 2015.
  21. ^ "Anil Goswami takes charge as new Home Secretary". 2013-06-30. Retrieved .
  22. ^ "Rajkumar Singh to be new Home Secretary". 2011-06-24.
  23. ^ "G S Pillai new home secretary". 2009-06-12.
  24. ^ "Dhirendra Singh takes over as Home Secretary". 2004-07-01.


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