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Chief Secretary post becomes a puzzle in Himachal

By IndianMandarins- 10 Dec 2019


Rumours agog that Himachal Pradesh Government has quietly moved a proposal for granting six-months extension to the outgoing Chief Secretary Dr Srikant Baldi (IAS:1985:HP) who is retiring this month end. On the other hand, Anil Khachi (IAS:1986:HP) recently repatriated prematurely to cadre state after having a very short stint as Union Secretary, DIPAM.

The state bureaucracy considers Khachi as Dr Baldi’s natural successor but Chief Minister is reported to be wary of picking Khachi, a blunt administrator, as next Chief Secretary. Further, the Chief Minister reportedly interacted with Brij Kumar Agarwal (IAS:1985:HP) about his opinion of making a come-back to the cadre state which he declined politely. However, the Chief Minister may not chose to invite a spotlight to supersede Khachi. Sources say; that is why CM might be trying to retain Baldi for as long as he can.


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