Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan, who was recently in news after his wife Surbhi Ranjan received the ‘Yash Bharti’ award for singing, has been given an extension of service for three months. The extension for Ranjan, whose retirement was due on March 31, was recommended by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was approved by the Centre this week.
Ranjan, a 1978 batch IAS officer, was made chief secretary on May 31, 2014 by the Akhilesh government after removal of then chief secretary Jawed Usmani, who is of the same batch. Usmani had retired early this year and he is serving presently as UP’s chief information commissioner.
Asked about his priority in the upcoming months, Rajan told The Indian Express, “My focus will be on law and order, energy, completing infrastructure projects such as the Metro, expressway and Gomti riverfront development.”
While Ranjan is the only serving IAS officer of his batch at present, 1979 batch officer Rakesh Bahadur, who was posted as state investment commissioner in Delhi, is said to be joining the World Bank as an advisor and is due to retire in May.
Another 1979 batch officer, Vijay Shankar Pandey is posted as secretary with the Government of India at the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals. Pandey is due to retire in December this year. Another officer of the same batch Anil Kumar Gupta, who is Chairman of the Board of Revenue, will retire in September.