Rare cases of reappointment of U’kd CS & NIA DG; setting new precedents

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sharad & Sharma

The last week of October witnessed two rare cases of re-appointment to crucial positions. Two top officers, Sharad Kumar (IPS:1980:HY) and Rakesh Sharma (IAS:1981:UK), retired on October 31 as DG of the National Investigative Agency and Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand, but were immediately reappointed to the posts they held.

Initially, both Sharad Kumar and Rakesh Sharma were denied extension of their services. But in both cases, the centre and the state devised their own technique to retain the two officers. Kumar was reappointed as DG of NIA for a year on contract whereas Uttarakhand Govt extended the services of Sharma as CS by three months. This was done at the cost of many eligible officers. As many as 19 IPS officers are empanelled for the rank of DG and one could have been easily appointed as DG of NIA. Similarly, two ACS rank officers, Shatrughan Singh (IAS:1981:UK) and S Raju (IAS:1981:UK), are eligible for the coveted post of Uttrakhand Chief Secretary.

If one were to go by insiders, this has happened probably for the first time in the country. After Sharma retired on October 31 he ceased to be an IAS officer. According to the cadre rules, the post of Chief Secretary is a cadre post whereas Sharma became a non-cadre officer following his retirement on October 31. A remotely matching rare case was the appointment of Shashank Shekhar (a non- IAS officer) as Cabinet Secretary (not notified as a cadre post in cadre rules) of UP during Mayawati’s rule.

Insiders say that Centre may choose not to object to the decision of the U’kd government despite having turned down the State Govt’s proposal in this regard

Both cases of reappointment seem to have set new precedents that may impact future postings.

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