In what is being viewed as the new government’s attempt at maintaining a degree of continuity in governance, the Narendra Modi government on Monday gave a six-month extension to Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, 12 days before he was scheduled to retire.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on Monday approved the extension of Seth’s tenure for six months with effect from June 14 or “till further orders”, whichever is earlier.
A 1974-batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer, Seth had been appointed the Cabinet Secretary during the UPA-II government and had taken over as Cabinet Secretary on June 14, 2011 with a fixed tenure till June 14, 2013. His tenure was extended by the UPA government by a year.
Seth is the 30th Cabinet Secretary and has served in various key positions in Uttar Pradesh government and at the Centre in the past. The extension given to him is being viewed as the new government’s attempt to ensure continuity in the day-to-day running of affairs.