Prime News, National, New Delhi, June 1:- Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah on Saturday took charge as Union Home Minister, two days after he was sworn-in following a landslide victory of the saffron party-led National Democratic Alliance.
The 54-year-old, wearing a light blue jacket over his white kurta, could be seen walking inside the North Block, taking charge of his office around noon today. Shah was received at the North Block office of the Home Ministry by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Intelligence Bureau Chief Rajiv Jain and other senior officials.
Two newly appointed Ministers of State for home – G K Reddy and Nityananda Rai – also took charge Saturday.
A home ministry official said Shah is expected to prioritise the NDA government’s policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism and checking illegal immigration. Known for his ability to take tough decisions, Amit Shah is expected to give new shape not only to many aspects of internal security but also dynamics as far as relations with neighbouring countries – especially Pakistan – are concerned. As the Home Minister, he will also play a crucial role in defining the centre’s relationship with states.
The new home minister’s immediate task would be handling the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which is under the President’s rule, and situation which may arise after the publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.
Amit Shah takes over the Home Ministry from Rajnath Singh, who has been given charge of the Ministry of Defence, a move that could be seen as a pared-down posting despite being within the “Big 4” grouping of Home, Finance, Defence and External Affairs.
Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao were among the first who made courtesy calls on the home minister.(Inputs: Agencies, NGB)