Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla was on Friday given one-year extension in service until August 22, 2023, a Personnel Ministry order stated.
This is his third extension within the submit.
Bhalla, a 1984-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, was appointed because the Home Secretary in August 2019.
He was to retire in November 2020 after attaining 60 years of age. His tenure was first prolonged on October 17, 2020 until August 22, 2021.
Bhalla’s tenure was prolonged by another yr on August 12 final yr and was to finish on Monday.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has permitted extension in service to Bhalla as Home Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, for a interval of 1 yr past August 22, 2022 i.e. as much as August 22, 2023, in rest of FR 56(d) and Rule 16(1A) of the All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, it stated.
The guidelines have provisions associated to extension in service of such officers past the age of 60 years of superannuation.
The Fundamental Rules or FR 56 (d) reads “No government servant shall be granted extension in service beyond the age of retirement of sixty years”.
It, nevertheless, permits the central authorities to present extension in service to the Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Home Secretary, Director of Intelligence Bureau and the Secretary of
Research and Analysis Wing amongst others in “public interest” for such “period or periods as it may deem proper on a case-to-case basis for reasons to be recorded in writing”.
The Rule 16(1A) of the All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958 has related provision.