The incumbent Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation Ms Vijaylakshmi Joshi (IAS:179:GJ) has reportedly withdrawn her VRS request. Her request for VRS was supposed to be effective from October 31 this year though she still had three years to go before retirement. Previously she served with Dept of Commerce as Additional Secretary. Her colleagues in bureaucracy indicate that her move would have emanated from genuine personal reasons but power corridors do not deny professional reasons behind the same. Is is also believed that she may not be happy the portfolio given by the Modi Govt. Her husband G P Joshi (Rtd IAS:1978:GJ) also had taken VRS in 2008 and moved back to his ancestral place in Uttarakhand chasing his spiritual pursuit.
The sudden exit plan of Vijayalaxmi Joshi (IAS:1980:GJ) had surprised many top bureaucrats.