R. K. Singh

Political Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
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Raj Kumar Singh is a former Indian bureaucrat and the current Minister of State in the Government of India.He is Member of the Indian Parliament since May 2014. Singh is a 1975 batch Bihar cadre Indian Administrative Service officer and former Home Secretary of India. On 30 October 1990, when district magistrate of Samastipur, he arrested L. K. Advani, a senior figure in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), while Advani's Ram Rath Yatra was en route to Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh from Somnath in Gujarat. The arrest was made by order of the Lalu Prasad Yadav government.

Early life and career

R. K. Singh is a native of Supaul district in Bihar.He was the district magistrate in East Champaran and Patna in the 1980s before joining the state home department in 1997. During the Nitish Kumar government's first term (2004–2009), Singh, as principal secretary in the road construction department, played an important role in improving the condition of roads in Bihar.In the National Democratic Alliance-led government, the then Home Minister, Advani, selected Singh to work as joint secretary in the Home Ministry for five years from 1999 to 2004.R.K.Singh was Union Home Secretary of India from 30 June 2011 to 30 June 2013,after that he retired from service.In 2013, Singh was tipped to be adviser (infrastructure) in the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government,a post created through cabinet approval. However,he did not accepted the assignment. Before his appointment as Union home Secretary, Union Defence Minister A. K. Antony had picked Singh to head the department of defence production in 2009 in view of his clean reputation.

Disagreement on views in UPA-II Government

Singh was chosen by the then Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram for his efficiency and no-nonsense attitude. Known to be a tough taskmaster, Chidambaram got along well with Singh at a professional level. However, Singh had several run-ins with Chidambaram's successor, Sushilkumar Shinde, who was not happy with the home secretary's handling of the situation following the 16 December 2012 Delhi gang rape. R.K. Singh after retirement also revealed Shinde's involvement in the IPL Spotfixing case and how Shinde had interfered in that investigation.Shinde also met the accused Shahid Balwa at his North Block office even after R.K. Singh's statements regarding Shinde's involvement in the IPL Spotfixing case Italian Marines case-Singh also accused the UPA government of making an exception for the marines since they were Italians.  


Positions Held 
May, 2014 Elected to 16th Lok Sabha
1 Sep. 2014 onwards Member, Committee of Privileges
Member, Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Defence
15 Sep. 2014 onwards Member, Committee on Violation of Protocol Norms and Contemptuous Behaviour of Government Officers with Members of Lok Sabha
Member, National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR)
1 May 2015 onwards Member, Jonit Committee on Security in Parliament House Complex
Member, The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Standing Committee on International Peace and Security
Member, India China Parliamentary Friendship Group
19 Oct. 2016 onwards Member, Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice