SRINAGAR, JUNE 01: Days after the Narendra Modi Cabinet was announced, BJP President Amit Shah took charge as the Union Home Minister on Saturday.
At the North Block office of the home ministry, Shah was received by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other senior officials. Earlier on Thursday, he was sworn in following a landslide victory of the saffron party-led NDA.
The Home Minister conducted a meeting with the officials to familiarise with the issues concerning the ministry. Two newly appointed Ministers of state for home – G K Reddy and Nityananda Rai – also took charge on Saturday.
Zero tolerance towards terrorism and checking illegal immigration will be the focus areas of new Home Minister Amit Shah in the second Modi government, which may also take some tough actions like implementing the NRC across the country and annulling Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir.
Shah, who played a crucial role in the return of his party’s government at the Centre, is joining the Union home ministry for the first time. He had earlier served as home minister during Modi’s tenure as chief minister of Gujarat. He succeeds Rajnath Singh, who has been given charge of the Defence Ministry in the new government.