Govt changes rules to give PK Sinha three more months as Cabinet Secretary
This may mean that there are slim chances of the country seeing its first woman cabinet secretary as two woman IAS officers, among senior-most in country presently, will retire in July.
As per existing rules, a Cabinet Secretary's total term with extensions could not go beyond four years. Sinha's predecessors, K.M. Chandrasekhar and Ajit Seth were both in the chair for four years apiece. Sinha was however given a three-month extension on Friday beyond the four-year term.
A notification issued now has now amended the All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement-Benefits) Rules, 1958 to allow this.
"In the All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement-Benefits) Rules, 1958 in rule 16, after the first proviso under subrule 1A, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely :- provided also that notwithstanding anything contained in sub-rule (1A), the Central Government may, if it considers necessary in public interest to do so, give an extension in service for a further period, not exceeding three months, beyond the period of four years to the Cabinet Secretary," says the notification.
Sinha can now serve in the post till September 12. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, the senior-most IAS officer working in the Centre, is tipped to take over from Sinha. Gauba's term as Home Secretary ends this month but his retirement date is in August. Gauba may also be given a three-month extension as Home Secretary.
This may mean that there are slim chances of the country seeing its first woman cabinet secretary. Two woman IAS officers, among senior-most in country presently, will retire in July - Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan and Union Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan.