As many as three Secretary level appointments are expected to take place this month. Three secretaries are superannuating on December 31 whereas one post is vacant since November 21 after Ms Vijay Laxmi Joshi’s VRS application was abruptly accepted under surprising circumstances which are yet unknown secrets. The additional charge of Secretary, Drinking Water & Sanitation vice Ms Joshi was frther given to J K Mohapatra (IAS:1979:OR), Secretary, Fertilizers.
People in power corridors are more curious and inquisitive about prospective successors to Vijay Chibber (IAS:1978:Tripura) and S K panda (IAS:1980:MT); Secretary Road Transport & Highways and Secretary, Ministry of Textiles respectively. Chibber, Panda and Surjit Kumar Chaudhary (IAS:1980:TN) will superannuate on December 31, 2015.
Showcasing a good example of advance succession planning (though a rare one) Modi Government appointed Vijay Shankar Pandey (IAS:1979:UP) as Secretary, Chemical & Petrochemicals on October 28, two months prior to the vacancy but successors to Chibber and Panda may be named this week or the next.