Dr. Nitin Kareer

The central government has approved the extension of Dr. Nitin Kareer‘s tenure as the chief secretary of Maharashtra for an additional three months. This decision comes in light of the impending general elections scheduled from April 19. Bhupinder Pal Singh, under secretary of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, conveyed this approval in a letter issued on March 30, responding to a proposal submitted by the Maharashtra government.

Originally appointed on December 31, Kareer was due to retire on March 31. Consequently, the state government proposed the appointment of Sujata Saunik, a 1987 batch officer, as the new chief secretary. However, the Election Commission of India rejected this proposal along with a panel of three other candidates, including Saunik, Rajesh Kumar, and Iqbal Singh Chahal.

In response to the Election Commission‘s decision, a recommendation was made to extend Kareer’s tenure, which received support from the commission. Subsequently, the state government forwarded the proposal to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for approval, as per the necessary protocol for such extensions.

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