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The government on Wednesday named Urban Development Secretary Rajiv Gauba as the next Union Home Secretary as part of a major reshuffle of top-level bureaucratic officials of the country.

He will replace Rajiv Mehrishi, who completes his term on August 30. A total of 16 secretaries have been appointed to various ministries. The government has also changed portfolios of some officials in this rearrangement.

Gauba, a 1982-batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, will take over as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Home Ministry with immediate effect, according to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

Earlier, Gauba served in the Home Ministry as joint and additional secretary where he looked after naxal division, besides other major responsibilities.

Gauba was appointed as Secretary to Government of India in the Ministry of Urban Development last year after Madhusudhan Prasad vacated the office. Additional secretary Durga Shankar Mishra will now replace Gauba as the Urban Development Secretary.

“Gauba has wide-ranging experience in senior positions at policy making and programme implementation in the Central and State Governments and in international organisations,” said PIB.

He has also represented India on the board of International Monetary Fund for four years.

Other major rejig in the ministries include that of Culture Secretary NK Sinha, who will replace Ajay Mittal as new Information and Broadcasting Secretary.

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