Aug. 22, 2019

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Rajiv Gauba as the new Cabinet Secretary with a tenure of two years from 30th of this month. Mr. Gauba who is a 1982 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre will replace P.K. Sinha.

Cabinet Secretariat: 

  • Administration: 
    • The Cabinet Secretariat functions directly under the Prime Minister. 

    • The administrative head of the Secretariat is the Cabinet Secretary who is also the ex-officio Chairman of the Civil Services Board. 

  • The business allocated to Cabinet Secretariat under Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 includes: (i) Secretarial assistance to the Cabinet and Cabinet Committees; and (ii) Rules of Business. 

  • Functions: 
    • The Cabinet Secretariat is responsible for the administration of the Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1961 and Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 facilitating smooth transaction of business in Ministries/ Departments. 

    • The Secretariat assists in decision-making in Government by ensuring Inter-Ministerial coordination, ironing out differences amongst Ministries/Departments and evolving consensus. 

    • Management of major crisis situations in the country is also one of the functions of the Cabinet Secretariat.