The Central government has given extension of service to Haryana Chief Secretary, Satish Chandra Choudhary for a period of three months. Choudhary who took over as chief secretary on December 31, 2013 was scheduled to retire on April 30. However, with the three month extension, he will be in saddle till July 31.
Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda recently wrote to the Central government seeking extension of service for the 1977 batch IAS officer, Choudhary.
He has been given extension in service under the provisions of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefit) Rules, 1958. As per the section 16 (1) of Rules, a member of the All India service holding the post of Chief Secretary to a state government may be given extension of service for a period not exceeding 6 months on the recommendation made by the concerned state government with full justification and in public interest with the prior approval of the Central government.
The provision was inserted in the All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefit) Rules, 1958 in November 2005 by way of an amendment after consultations with the state governments. He is the second Haryana chief secretary after his batchmate, Pradeep Kumar Chaudhery to get extension of service.