BANGALORE: In India, the newly formed government is still keeping hold of almost two dozen officers in key posts beyond their tenure by citing ‘functional requirements’.
Among such officers, Vijay Madan, 1981-batch IAS officer is one prominent one who was granted a special extension to continue as the Director General and Mission Director of UIDAI even after completing his tenure post Nandan Nilekani resignation as the Chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India early this year.
The regional deputy director general of UIDAI, IAS officer Sujata Chaturvedi, Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office B.V.R. Subrahamanyam, Chairman of Forward Marketing Commission, Department of Economic Affairs, R. Abhishek, Rajesh Gopal, the Indian Forest Service officer are some of the noteworthy officers serving in office beyond their deputation period.
Minister of state for Personnel, Jitendra Singh exclaimed in the Upper House, “The tenure admissible on central deputation is regulated in terms of the guidelines approved by Appointments Committee of Cabinet and not by statutory rules. The guidelines lay down a maximum of seven years outside the cadre," reports Economic Times.