Anil Goswami

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Anil Goswami
Born (1955-01-14) 14 January 1955 (age 59)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Civil servant
Title Union Home Secretary of India
Term 1 July 2013–present
Predecessor Raj Kumar Singh

Anil Goswami (born 14 January 1955) is an Indian Administrative Service officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre and the incumbent Union Home Secretary of India in the Ministry of Home Affairs. He succeeded Raj Kumar Singh. He is the first civil servant from the state to hold this position.

Early life and education[edit]

Goswami was born on 14 January 1955 in Jammu. He graduated from the second division in history, economics and English, and completed his post-graduation in the first division in history.[1]


Goswami was the first chief executive of the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. The board, set up in August 1986, is responsible for the maintenance of the Hindu pilgrimage Vaishno Devi.[2] Goswami served in the state tourism department as the Principal Secretary from 29 June 2004 to 17 November 2005. He was later appointed by the state cabinet, headed by the Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, as the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister on 17 November 2005. He held this office until 17 July 2008.[1][3]

On 4 February 2009 he took over the office of Principal Secretary of the Industries and Commerce Department. He was a member of the delegation that visited the Line of Control in North Kashmir in September 2009.[4]

Home Secretary[edit]

Goswami assumed the office of Secretary of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on 2 July 2012. He remained in this capacity until 27 April 2013, when he was appointed the officer on special duty (OSD) in the Ministry of Home Affairs.[5] He was named Union Home Secretary by the appointing committee of the cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh. The two other candidates who were considered for the position but not selected by the committee were Secretary Ministry of Steel D.R.S. Chaudhary and P. K. Misra, Secretary Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.[6] Goswami assumed the office on 1 July 2013 after the retirement of Raj Kumar Singh of the Bihar cadre. He is the first civil servant from Jammu and Kashmir to serve as Home Secretary of India.[7] He will remain in the office until June 2015.[8][9]


On 21 August 2014, Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi inform court that he receive 2 calls from Goswami that you have two options Resigne or to be sacked. Government claimed that it did not attempt to force Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi from office. Supreme Court ordered the Centre to explain whether Mr Qureshi had received two phone calls from the Centre asking him to resign.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Executive Record Sheet Generator (IAS Officers) – Complete Biodata". Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Jagmohan (2010). Reforming Vaishno Devi and a Case for Reformed, Reawakened, and Enlightened Hinduism. Rupa Publications. p. 100. ISBN 978-81-291-1605-5. 
  3. ^ "Goswami made PS to Chief Minister". The Tribune (Chandigarh). 19 November 2005. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Indian high commissioner to Pakistan visits trading post on LOC". The Hindustan Times (via HighBeam Research). Indo-Asian News Service. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013.   – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  5. ^ "Anil Goswami to be next home secretary". The Times of India (New Delhi). Times News Network. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Kumar, Vinay (27 April 2013). "Anil Goswami new Home Secretary". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Anil Goswami appointed new Home Secretary". Indian Express (New Delhi). Press Trust of India. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "अनिल गोस्वामी ने संभाला गृह सचिव का पदभार". Zee News. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Anil Goswami India’s new home secretary". Hill Post (New Delhi). Indo-Asian News Service. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Challenged in Court By a Governor, Centre Denies Trying to Sack Him". New Delhi. 22 August 2014. 

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