Prime Minister Narendra Modi has granted a six-month extension to Cabinet Secretary, Ajit Seth, who was due to retire on 13th June. Ajit Kumar Seth, an Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer of 1974 batch, has been given yet another extension of six months with effect from June 14.
Seth was earlier given an extension of one year by former PM Manmohan Singh’s Government up to June 13. Sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided not to disturb him since he heads the bureaucracy in the government of India, and as such is required to fine tune the bureaucracy that may not be possible for a new incumbent to get cracking immediately on.
This is the second extension which has been granted to Mr Seth. He would have retired from the post on June 13 last year, but his term was extended by a year by the then UPA government. The tenure of the cabinet secretary is of two years. Mr Seth will now retire on December 13, with the rider that it can be ended even earlier.