Ajay Kumar Bhalla, a 1984-batch IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, has been granted a one-year extension as Union Home Secretary by the Centre Government until August 22, 2024.
- This marks the third time Bhalla’s tenure has been extended since he assumed the position in August 2019. Originally scheduled to retire in November 2020, he will now continue to serve in his current role.
- As Home Secretary, Bhalla has been responsible for overseeing the internal security situation in India, with particular focus on regions like Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast.
- Bhalla’s responsibilities also include participating in inter-ministerial coordination and dealing with various policy matters, showcasing his wide-ranging expertise and contributions to governance.
- Academically, Bhalla holds a Master’s degree in Botany from the University of Delhi, an MBA from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, and a Master’s in Philosophy (Social Sciences) from Punjab University. These qualifications further complement his professional capabilities as a seasoned civil servant.
Q.: Which officer has been granted a one-year extension as Union Home Secretary by the Centre?
A) Ajay Kumar Bhalla
B) Rajesh Sharma
C) Sunil Verma
D) Ramesh Gupta
Answer: A) Ajay Kumar Bhalla