Rural development secretary L.C Goyal, a 1979-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Kerala cadre, has been appointed as the next home secretary.
Home secretary Anil Goswami resigned on Wednesday after government asked him to put in his papers in the wake of controversy over his alleged attempt to stall the arrest of Saradha scam accused Matang Sinh, a former Congress minister at the centre. Official sources said Goswami who turned 60 last month and would have continued till 30 June was asked to resign after which he submitted his resignation.
A home ministry release said Goyal’s term will be for two years.
“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of L.C. Goyal, IAS, secretary, department of rural development, ministry of rural development as home secretary, ministry of home affairs for a period of two years from the date of taking over charge as home secretary vice Anil Goswami,” the release said.
It also said the appointments committee has also approved the request of Goswami for “voluntarily retiring” from service with immediate effect by waiving the notice period.The release said the term of Goswami as home secretary stands curtailed with immediate effect.
The Ministry of Home Affairs’ mandate is essentially to ensure effective maintenance of internal security in the country. To achieve this, necessary mechanisms, policies, and measures are in place. Wherever required and appropriate, improvements will be made within the given time-lines. This will be so done in close association and coordination with the State Governments and Union Territories”.