Rakesh Sharma (Rtd IAS:1981:UD) has been appointed as Chief Principal Secretary to Harish Rawat, CM Uttarakhand on contract basis for a period ending 16 November 2016. On October 31 Uttarakhand Govt had re-appointed him as Chief Secretary, the he retired from service. Center (DOPT), in its communication dated November 03, 2015, had questioned his re-appointment and suggested the state govt to appoint a serving IAS officer as Chief Secretary in place of Sharma.
Reportedly, the Chief Minister had made it clear to his close ones that would not go for conflict with the Center. Rather Uttarakhand CM took a different route to keep Rakesh Sharma on board in top decision making and appointed him as his Chief Principal Secretary. The appointment order categorically reads it that Sharma will have the mandate to attend all cabinet meetings of the Govt.