04 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Fixed tenure

Fixed tenure

The Union Finance Secretary may soon get a two-year fixed tenure in the posts as is the case with the Cabinet Secretary, Home, Defence and Foreign secretaries, and CBI, RAW and ED chiefs. Sources say that the government is seriously considering the option. It is felt that the complexities of managing the country’s ever-evolving economic policy cannot be dealt by an official with a shorter tenure than two years. Sources feel that the move could also have been triggered by the circumstances around the present Union Revenue Secretary, Hasmukh Adhia. A Gujarat-cadre IAS officer of the 1981 batch, Mr Adhia was appointed in the first week of November 2017 as Finance Secretary – just a year ahead of his scheduled retirement. In case the Finance Secretary post is given a fixed tenure, it will keep Mr Adhia in service till November 2019. But a bigger question is that Mr Adhia is also seen as the strongest contender for the post of Cabinet Secretary following the completion of the extended tenure of Union Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha on 12 June this year. What will happen if Mr Sinha gets another extension?

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