Poll panel warns chief secretary on tenure extension to civic chief

The State Election Commission of Maharashtra has given due warning to state chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad for going ahead with the extension to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation commissioner Subodh Kumar without consulting it.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:February 3, 2012 5:35 am

The State Election Commission of Maharashtra has given due warning to state chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad for going ahead with the extension to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner Subodh Kumar without consulting it.

After the elections were announced,the state government approached the Central government seeking an extension of three months for Kumar. The extension was granted on January 31,his last day in office.

The SEC had sought an explanation from the chief secretary regarding the move,questioning why it was not consulted before the extension was sought. According to the rules,once elections are announced,the SEC has to be consulted in case of transfer,posting or any decision regarding an officer related to the elections.

In its explanation,the chief secretary has quoted a rule in the IAS which permits the government to seek extension of an officer if it feels that the officer is needed.

Considering this,the government did not feel it was important to inform the election commission,said SEC commissioner Neela Satyanarayan.

Satyanarayan said that the commission had warned them about repeating such act again. “These are irregularities. We have warned them. I cannot cancel the extension as I am not the appointing authority,” she said.

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