Uttar Pradesh's top bureaucrat wants to proceed on central deputation ahead of the assembly elections, but the state government is unwilling to let him go.
"The government has, for now, declined to issue a no-objection certificate (NOC) sought recently by chief secretary Anoop Mishra to go on central deputation," said an official in the department of personnel and appointment.
The buzz in the state's bureaucratic corridors is Mishra wants out ahead of the polls, due early next year, to avoid being possibly shifted on the election commission's orders.
Mishra, a 1978-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, took charge as the state's chief secretary on March 31.
The elevation of Mishra, a Brahmin, to the top post had been seen as a reflection of the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party's social engineering formula.
Holding on to Mishra, the state government has, however, accepted similar requests to go on central deputation from two other IAS officers, but with the rider that they will serve in the state till the assembly elections end.
The conditional NOCs have been issued to Ravindra Singh, additional cabinet secretary in CM Mayawati's secretariat, and GB Pattanaik, principal secretary to governor BL Joshi.