In an important development, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has written to the union ministry of personnel seeking repatriation of 1977-batch Haryana cadre IAS officer, Pradeep Kumar Chaudhery. Chaudhery is likely to take over as the next chief secretary after the present incumbent, Urvashi Gulati, retires on March 31.
Chaudhery is at present posted as secretary, department of industrial policy and promotion in the union ministry of commerce and industries and has 15 months to retire from the service. Chaudhery's appointment as the next chief secretary will mean that he supersedes two of his batchmates - Raj Kumar and Krishna Mohan - who happen to be senior to him within the 1977 batch.
While Raj Kumar has about five months to retire, Mohan has 18 months of service left (till September 2013). What probably has tilted the balance in Chaudhery's favour is Raj Kumar's short tenure and a pending CBI case against Krishna Mohan, which has considerably reduced his prospects of getting the top post.
Such an episode was also witnessed in 2006 when Hooda had ignored the claims of two 1970-batch IAS officers, KC Sharma and Asha Sharma, by appointing Prem Prashant, who was inter-se junior to both but had 16 months of service left.
Chaudhery, who went on a deputation to the central government in 2008, has served under Hooda as financial commissioner and principal secretary, industries, information technology and mines and geology.
In 1991, he was also the managing director of the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Corporation. The officer happens to be brother-in-law of Haryana minister Randeep Singh Surjewala.
Urvashi Gulati cleared for SIC
The committee constituted by the Haryana government for appointing state information commissioners (SICs) on Tuesday recommended the name of outgoing chief secretary Urvashi Gulati for appointment as SIC. She retires as chief secretary on March 31.
Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is the chairperson of the committee, which has leader of opposition in Vidhan Sabha, Om Prakash Chautala and education minister Geeta Bhukkal as members.Leader of the opposition, Om Prakash Chautala though did not object to Gulati's name for the post of SIC, he gave a dissenting note to register his protest over non-supply of the meeting's agenda to him.
Retired IAS officer, Naresh Gulati, who is also the husband of Urvashi, is the chief information commissioner in Haryana State Information Commission. The commission has two state information commissioners - MR Ranga and Prem Veer Singh. As per the provisions of the Right to Information Act, a commission can have a maximum of 10 state information commissioners.
However, contrary to expectations, the name of 1977-batch IAS officer, Raj Kumar did not figure in the meeting to select SIC. Raj Kumar, who is financial commissioner, revenue, and number two in the state bureaucratic hierarchy, is likely to be superseded by one his batchmates, Pradeep Kumar Chaudhery as the next chief secretary.
Sources close to him said the officer at the moment is probably not keen on a post-retirement assignment and wants to settle in Delhi after August 2012, when he retires.