Earlier there was no separate Department in the name of Political Department. The functions of the Political Department were performed by the Home (Political) Department. Since 1972, the Political Department has been functioning as an independent Department and disposing of matters specified in the Rules of Executive Business. Thereafter, it became a wing of the General Administration Department as per recommendation of the One-man Committee on Administrative Reforms (Tarun Dutta Committee). Since then it is known as General Administration (Political) Department.