Months after she had applied for the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS), the nodal officer for the NDA government’s Swachh Bharat Mission Vijay Laxmi Joshi was relieved from service on Saturday.
Joshi was the secretary in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. A DoPT release said Rural Development Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra would hold additional charge following her “voluntary retirement with effect from November 21”.
Joshi, a 1980-batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, had written to the government in September, seeking voluntary retirement with effect from October 31 to look after her parents. But she later withdrew her application.
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Her resignation, which comes three years ahead of her retirement date, sparked speculation that it had been triggered by implementation issues affecting the cleanliness mission. However, sources said Joshi was reportedly unhappy with her juniors from the Gujarat cadre being given more coveted postings by the government.
Joshi could not be reached for a comment.