The Asian Age - - Oped - Dilip Che­rian

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.

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