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Shah and his team of 16 working on Kashmir, NRC

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New Delhi : Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the Prime Minister’s most trusted lieutenant in Modi 2.0, is learnt to be focusing on vital aspects of national security with 16 key bureaucrats to fix the structural crises — the insurgency in Kashmir, the NRC, and the situation in Northeast and Maoist-affected areas.

With the policy of an iron fist for militancy in the velvet glove of “vikas and vishwas” (development and trust), he is formulating measures to deal with these challenges with a core team that includes some new and some old faces.

At the helm in the crucial Ministry in North Block, Shah is reportedly relying on these key bureaucrats that include 16 senior male and two female officials drawn from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS).

Of these officials, two hold posts of Secretaries, three are Special Secretaries, three Additional Secretaries and eight are Joint Secretaries.

The officials, sources said, have started streamlining their tasks under newly-appointed Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, a 1984 batch Assam-Meghalaya cadre IAS official, who was on July 24 appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Home Ministry.

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