Senior IAS officer Rajiv Mehrishi new Home Secretary; not upset with government, says retired LC Goyal
Mehrishi replaces incumbent Home Secretary LC Goyal who has sought Voluntary Retirement Scheme which was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of Rajiv Mehrishi, IAS (1978 batch officer of Rajasthan cadre) Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance as Home Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs for a period of two years with effect from August 31,” a PIB statement said.
“The Prime Minister has also approved the request of L.C. Goyal, IAS (1979 batch officer of Kerala cadre) seeking voluntary retirement from government service due to personal reasons with immediate effect,” it added.
Reports say Goyal did not have best of relations with the government or the finance ministry & due to which retired citing personal reasons.
Goyal has reportedly told Economic Times that he is not upset with government over any issue.
"I have just decided to call it a day. There are no specific reasons for the same. I am not upset over any matter," LC Goyal said.
"I am hale and hearty. Health is not a reason for me to seek voluntary retirement. It is a personal decision," he added.
Sources said Home Minister Rajnath Singh is unhappy with the appointment of Mehrishi and remained tight-lipped about it when reporters sought his views.
In February, Goyal has taken over as new Home Secretary from Anil Goswami, who was sacked for reportedly asking the CBI to stall the arrest of former union minister Matang Sinh in Saradha scam case.
Mehrishi was serving as Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance and was supposed to retire today.
The post of Union Home Secretary has a fixed tenure of two years.
In January, the then Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh was eased out of her office six months before the completion of her two-year fixed tenure.
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