NO EXTENSION FOR HASMUKH ADHIA?
Despite earlier rumours it now looks like finance secretary Hasmukh Adhia, due to retire this month- end, may not get an extension. In the past, governments usually extended the tenure of secretaries in the finance ministry if their tenure was ending close to the presentation of the Union Budget.
In Mr Adhia’s case, sources say, some elements in the government are reportedly not happy with the idea and nor had Mr Adhia indicated that he wants to continue in the post. So while it looks likely that Mr Adhia will retire, there is speculation about whether he will be given a post- retirement assignment.
All this talk is probably because Mr Adhia has drawn both admirers and detractors, within the government as well as outside. Many fault him for the botched demonetisation and faulty GST implementation. Despite this, PM Modi has continued to repose trust in the Gujarat- cadre IAS officer.
The next bureaucrat in line to be designated the finance secretary is expenditure secretary Ajay Narayan Jha, a 1982- batch Manipur cadre officer. It is also likely that Girish Chandra Murmu, a 1985- batch Gujaratcadre officer could be the next revenue secretary.