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Senior IAS Officer Ajay Kumar Bhalla Gets One-Year Extension As Union Home Secretary

The current tenure of Bhalla, a 1984-batch Assam-Meghalaya cadre IAS officer, was till August 22 this year.

1984-batch Assam-Meghalaya cadre IAS officer, Ajay Kumar Bhalla has been given one year extension for his tenure of Union Home Secretary by central government. According to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training on Friday, he has got one-year extension till August 22 next year, a

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension in service to Bhalla as Home Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, for a period of one year beyond August 22, 2022, i.e. up to August 22, 2023, it said.

Before taking over as secretary, Bhalla was an officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Ministry of Home Affairs. He served as Secretary in the Ministry of Power from June 2017 to July 2019. Bhalla, who is MSc in Botany from Delhi University and MBA from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, has also served in various departments in the states and the central governments.
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He was Director General of Foreign Trade from October 2016 with the additional charge of director, IIFT from 29 November 2016 till 30th June 2017. Before joining DGFT, Bhalla worked as Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce from 13th April 2015. He also functioned as Designated Authority, Directorate General Anti Dumping since 4th August 2015.

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