The Narendra Modi government Friday gave a six-month extension to Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, the second such extension ever since the new government assumed office in May this year.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved the extension in service to Seth for a six-month period beyond December 13 — the day his term would have got over. He was appointed Cabinet Secretary on June 14, 2011 by the UPA government. His term was extended by a year by the UPA government and would have ended in June this year.
After taking charge, the BJP government gave Seth another six-month extension. As the date of the expiration of his term was approaching, there was a lot of speculation that the officer looked set to get another extension.
Under direct charge of the Prime Minister, the Cabinet Secretariat assists in decision-making in government by helping in inter-ministerial coordination and ironing out differences amongst ministries and departments.