Bhalla is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, who took over as Home Secretary on 22 August last year. He replaces Rajiv Gauba, who is currently serving as Cabinet Secretary.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved extension of Bhalla’s term till 22 August 2021 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
Bhalla was holding the responsibility of Special Duty (OSD) in the Ministry of Home Affairs before being appointed as Home Secretary. Prior to this he has also been the Union Energy Secretary.
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