The Maharashtra government has lost two of its top bureaucrats since the beginning of April. While Gautam Chatterjee, principal secretary of housing, opted for voluntary retirement on Thursday, AM Khan, principal secretary of industries, had sought it on April 8.
A 1982 batch IAS officer, Chatterjee was credited for providing boost to affordable housing by making available low-cost homes through the Maharash-tra Housing Area Development Authority during his stint as the vice-president of the authority. Chatterjee, who will quit on July 30, four years before his official retirement, cited personal and health reasons for quitting.
Khan, who was due to retire next year, also cited personal reasons for quitting.
A bureaucrat, on the condition of anonymity, said, “It's a difficult job considering the political masters we serve and the environment we are expected to perform in. At the state secretariat level, it is all the more tough to get satisfaction from the job in terms of effecting any change.”