Prime Minister has approved the appointment of Shri Rajiv Mehrishi, IAS (RJ:1978) Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance as Home Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs for a period of two years with effect from 31.08.2015. He succeeds Shri L.C. Goyal. The Prime Minister has also approved the request of Shri L.C. Goyal, IAS (KL:1979) seeking voluntary retirement from Government service due to personal reasons with immediate effect.
A 1978 batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, Mr. Mehrishi has also served as the Chief Secretary in Rajasthan under Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. He was handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come on Central deputation. The appointment took many by surprise, with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) directly posting a press release on the Press Information Bureau’s (PIB) website, rather than routing the same through the Department of Personnel and Training. While it could not be conclusively said why Mr. Goyal took premature retirement, his stand against giving security clearance to Sun TV and his displeasure about being kept out of the Naga peace pact by the PMO was a known fact. Mr. Goyal was known to have taken a tough stand against any relief to Sun TV and had several run-ins with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, which was in favour of giving the network a reprieve.