Rajiv Gauba Current Affairs - 2020

Rajiv Gauba appointed next Cabinet Secretary for two years

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narrendra Modi has approved appointment of Rajiv Gauba, as India’s new Cabinet Secretary for a tenure of two years. His term will start from 30 August 2019 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

Key Highlights

Rajiv Gauba will initially join the Cabinet Secretariat as Officer on Special Duty from date of his assumption of charge till he takes over as Cabinet Secretary- the most powerful position in country’s civil service.

He will take over charge of country’s top bureaucratic from incumbent Pradeep Kumar Sinha, a 1977 batch Uttar Pradesh-cadre IAS officer.

While the position of Cabinet Secretary is for 2 years period but under present rules of service, there is an enabling provision of an extension, granting 4 years of tenure.

About Rajiv Gauba

He is 1982 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Jharkhand cadre. He is currently serving as secretary in ministry of home affairs. He replaced Rajiv Mehrishi as the union home secretary.

He was born in Punjab in 1958, and is a physics graduate from Patna University.

Career: He was chief secretary of Jharkhand for 15 months before joining urban development ministry on 1 April 2016. He also served as collector and district magistrate of Nalanda, Muzaffarpur and Gaya districts in undivided state of Bihar.

He has been credited as being architect of labour reforms in Jharkhand and helping bring down violence in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas in mineral rich state.

He has also been credited by work done by him during his stint in ministry of environment and forests.

Government forms GoM and Committee to frame law against lynching

Union Government has created Group of Ministers (GoM) and high-level committee to deliberate and make recommendations for a separate penal provision on incidents of mob violence. The GoM will be headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, whereas committee will be headed by Uion Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba.

Gauba committee

It will include secretaries of departments of Justice, Legal Affairs, Legislative Department and Social Justice and Empowerment as its members. It will suggest measures and legal framework to effectively deal with incidents of mob violence and lynching. It will submit its recommendations to the GoM in four weeks.

Group of Ministers (GoM)

GoM includes Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot. It will examine recommendations given by Gauba committee and submit its report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


The move came after recent Supreme Court direction to central government on the issue of mob violence and lynching. The apex court had denounced sweeping incidents of lynching as an affront to the rule of law and called for law to deal with such horrendous acts of mobocracy. It had passed a series of “preventive, remedial and punitive” measures to deal with lynchings and mob vigilantism. It had made Centre and state governments accountable for mob violence and lynching and had asked them to take steps to curb and stop dissemination of irresponsible and explosive fake messages and videos on social media platforms which incite such incidents.