The state will get a new chief secretary on July 31 with the Prithviraj Chavan-led government unlikely to press for an extension for incumbent Jageshwar Saharia.
Saharia, a 1978-batch IAS officer, is due to retire on July 31. While the state had granted a six-month extension to Saharia’s predecessor Jayant Kumar Banthia, senior government officials said no request for extension of Saharia’s term had been made to the Centre so far.
And with just five days left, senior officials said such a request now was unlikely.
Current additional chief secretary (home) Amitabh Rajan, a 1979-batch IAS officer, and additional chief secretary (revenue) Swadheen Kshatriya, 1980-batch IAS officer, are in contention for the coveted post. Sources said the latter had slight edge since Rajan is due to retire on January 31, 2015. Kshatriya retires in 2017.
While Jairaj Phatak is the seniormost IAS officer in service, his appointment to the top post is ruled out since he is an accused in the alleged Adarsh housing society scam.