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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on 6 August extended the tenure of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba for a period of one year beyond August 30, 2022.
Gauba, a 1982-batch Jharkhand cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, was first appointed cabinet secretary in 2019 for a period of two years.
He got an extension in service in 2021.
His predecessor PK Sinha, a 1977-batch IAS officer who had got thrice extension, was one of the longest-serving cabinet secretaries.
Sinha replaced Ajit Kumar Seth in June 2015. Ajit Kumar Seth, appointed in 2011 during the Congress-led UPA government regime, completed his tenure in 2013 but was given a year’s extension.
After Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in 2014, Seth was given two extensions.
Gauba had served as the Union Home Secretary before being appointed as the Cabinet Secretary in 2019.
He has also served as Secretary in the Union Ministry of Urban Development and as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
He served as the Chief Secretary in Jharkhand for 15 months before joining the Central Government in 2016.
About Cabinet Secretary
The Cabinet Secretary is the highest executive officer and senior most civil servant of the Government of India.
He is the ex-officio head of the Civil Services Board, the Cabinet Secretariat, the IAS and all civil services under the rules of the government.
He is directly in charge under the Prime Minister and appointed for a fixed term of two years.
Function of Cabinet Secretary
One of the main functions of the Cabinet Secretary is to preside over the meeting of the Committee of Secretaries on Administrative Affairs.
He also presides over the Conference of Chief Secretaries.
Management of major crisis situations in the country and coordinating the activities of various ministries in such situations is also included in the functions of the Cabinet Secretariat.
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