Minister of Home Affairs (India)

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Minister of Home Affairs
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Shri Amit Shah taking charge as the Union Minister for Home Affairs, in New Delhi on June 01, 2019.jpg
Incumbent
Amit Shah

since 30 May 2019
Ministry of Home Affairs
StyleThe Honourable
AbbreviationHM
Member ofUnion Cabinet
Reports toPrime Minister,
Parliament of India
SeatNorth Block, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi
AppointerPresident on the advice of the Prime Minister
Term length5 years
PrecursorRajnath Singh
(2014-2019)
Inaugural holderSardar Vallabhbhai Patel
(1947-1950)
Formation15 August 1947
Websitemha.gov.in

The Minister of Home Affairs (or simply, the Home Minister, short-form HM) is the head of the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India. One of the senior-most officers in the Union Cabinet, the chief responsibility of the Home Minister is the maintenance of India's internal security; the country's large police force comes under its jurisdiction. Occasionally, they are assisted by the Minister of State of Home Affairs and the lower-ranked Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.

Ever since the time of independent India's first Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the office has been seen as second in seniority only to the Prime Minister in the Union Cabinet. Like Patel, several Home Ministers have since held the additional portfolio of Deputy Prime Minister. As of February 2020, three Home Ministers have gone on to become the Prime Minister: Lal Bahadur Shastri, Charan Singh and P. V. Narasimha Rao. L.K. Advani, serving from 19 March 1998 to 22 May 2004, has held the office of the Home Minister for the longest continuous period, as of February 2020.

From 26 May 2014 to 30 May 2019, the Home Minister of India was Rajnath Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party, taking over the reins from Sushilkumar Shinde. On 31 May 2019, following the swearing-in of the Second Modi Ministry Amit Shah assumed the office as its 31st occupant.

List of Home Ministers[edit]

Portrait Name Term of office Tenure

(in years, days)

Political party
(Alliance)
Prime Minister
1 Sardar patel (cropped).jpg Vallabhbhai Patel 15 August 1947 12 December 1950 3 years, 119 days Indian National Congress Jawaharlal Nehru
2 Jnehru.jpg Jawaharlal Nehru 12 December 1950 26 December 1950 14 days
3 C Rajagopalachari 1944.jpg C. Rajagopalachari 26 December 1950 5 November 1951 314 days
4
Kailash Nath Katju.jpg
Kailash Nath Katju 5 November 1951 10 January 1955 3 years, 66 days
5 Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant.jpg Govind Ballabh Pant 10 January 1955 25 February 1961 6 years, 46 days
6 Lal Bahadur Shastri (cropped).jpg Lal Bahadur Shastri 25 February 1961 1 September 1963 2 years, 188 days
7 Gulzarilal Nanda (cropped).jpg Gulzarilal Nanda 1 September 1963 9 November 1966 3 years, 69 days Jawaharlal Nehru
Lal Bahadur Shastri
Indira Gandhi
8 Indira Gandhi 1977.jpg Indira Gandhi 9 November 1966 13 November 1966 4 days Indira Gandhi
9 Yashwantrao Chavan.jpg Yashwantrao Chavan 13 November 1966 27 June 1970 3 years, 226 days
(8) Indira Gandhi 1977.jpg Indira Gandhi 27 June 1970 5 February 1973 2 years, 223 days
10 Uma Shankar Dikshit 5 February 1973 10 October 1974 1 year, 247 days
11 Kasu Brahmananda Reddy 2011 stamp of India.jpg Kasu Brahmananda Reddy 10 October 1974 24 March 1977 2 years, 165 days
12 Charan Singh 1990 stamp of India.jpg Charan Singh 24 March 1977 1 July 1978 1 year, 99 days Janata Party Morarji Desai
13 Morarji Desai During his visit to the United States of America .jpg Morarji Desai 1 July 1978 24 January 1979 207 days
14 Hirubhai M. Patel 24 January 1979 28 July 1979 185 days
(9) Yashwantrao Chavan.jpg Yashwantrao Chavan 28 July 1979 14 January 1980 170 days Indian National Congress (Urs) Charan Singh
15 Giani Zail Singh 1995 stamp of India (cropped).png Zail Singh 14 January 1980 22 June 1982 2 years, 159 days Indian National Congress Indira Gandhi
16 R Venkataraman (cropped).jpg Ramaswamy Venkataraman 22 June 1982 2 September 1982 72 days
17 Prakash Chandra Sethi 2 September 1982 19 July 1984 1 year, 321 days
18 P. V. Narasimha Rao.JPG P. V. Narasimha Rao 19 July 1984 31 December 1984 165 days Indira Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi
19 Shankarrao Chavan 2007 stamp of India.jpg Shankarrao Chavan 31 December 1984 12 March 1986 1 year, 71 days Rajiv Gandhi
(18) P. V. Narasimha Rao.JPG P. V. Narasimha Rao 12 March 1986 12 May 1986 61 days
20 Buta Singh (headshot).jpg Buta Singh 12 May 1986 2 December 1989 3 years, 204 days
21 Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.jpg Mufti Mohammad Sayeed 2 December 1989 10 November 1990 343 days Janata Dal
(National Front)
V. P. Singh
22 Chandra Shekhar Singh.jpg Chandra Shekhar 10 November 1990 21 June 1991 223 days Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya) Chandra Shekhar
(19) Shankarrao Chavan 2007 stamp of India.jpg Shankarrao Chavan 21 June 1991 16 May 1996 4 years, 330 days Indian National Congress P. V. Narasimha Rao
23 Murli Manohar Joshi MP.jpg Murli Manohar Joshi 16 May 1996 1 June 1996 16 days Bharatiya Janata Party Atal Bihari Vajpayee
24 Deve Gowda BNC.jpg H. D. Deve Gowda 1 June 1996 29 June 1996 28 days Janata Dal
(United Front)
H. D. Deve Gowda
25 Indrajit Gupta 29 June 1996 19 March 1998 1 year, 263 days Communist Party of India
(United Front)
H. D. Deve Gowda
I. K. Gujral
26 Lal Krishna Advani 2008-12-4.jpg L. K. Advani 19 March 1998 22 May 2004 6 years, 64 days Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
27 Shivraj Patil.jpg Shivraj Patil 22 May 2004 30 November 2008 4 years, 192 days Indian National Congress
(United Progressive Alliance)
Manmohan Singh
28 Pchidambaram (cropped).jpg P. Chidambaram 30 November 2008 31 July 2012 3 years, 244 days
29 Sushilkumar Shinde.JPG Sushilkumar Shinde 31 July 2012 26 May 2014 1 year, 299 days
30 Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh in February 2020.jpg Rajnath Singh 26 May 2014 30 May 2019 5 years, 4 days Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
Narendra Modi
31 Shri Amit Shah taking charge as the Union Minister for Home Affairs, in New Delhi on June 01, 2019.jpg Amit Shah 30 May 2019 Incumbent 2 years, 181 days

List of Ministers of State[edit]

Ministers of State of Home Affairs
Minister of state Portrait Political party Term Years
Subodh Kant Sahay The Union Tourism Minister, Shri Subodh Kant Sahai addressing at the National Tourism Awards 2010-2011 presentation ceremony, in New Delhi on February 29, 2012.jpg Janata Dal 23 April 1990 21 June 1991 212 days
Sriprakash Jaiswal Shri Sri Prakash Jaiswal assumes the charge of the Minister of State for Home Affairs in New Delhi on May 25, 2004.jpg Indian National Congress 23 May 2004 22 May 2009 4 years, 364 days
Mullappally Ramachandran Shri Mullappally Ramachandran taking over the charge of the Minister of State for Home Affairs, in New Delhi on May 30, 2009.jpg 28 May 2009 26 May 2014 4 years, 363 days
R. P. N. Singh 28 October 2012 26 May 2014 1 year, 210 days
Kiren Rijiju The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju addressing the ‘India Disaster Response Summit’, in New Delhi on November 09, 2017.jpg Bharatiya Janata Party 26 May 2014 30 May 2019 5 years, 4 days
Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary Shri Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary taking charge as the Minister of State for Coal, in New Delhi on September 05, 2017.jpg 9 November 2014 5 July 2016 1 year, 239 days
Hansraj Gangaram Ahir HG Ahir Meets CM Fadnavis.jpg 5 July 2016 25 July 2019 3 years, 20 days
G. Kishan Reddy G. Kishan Reddy.jpg 30 May 2019 7 July 2021 2 years, 38 days
Nityanand Rai Shri Nityanand Rai taking charge as the Minister of State for Home Affairs, in New Delhi on June 01, 2019.jpg 30 May 2019 Incumbent 2 years, 181 days
Ajay Kumar Mishra 7 July 2021 Incumbent 143 days
Nisith Pramanik Shri Nisith Pramanik Minister.jpg 7 July 2021 Incumbent 143 days

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