Extension to UP CS Alok Ranjan --Kahin Khushi, Kahin Gham
Lucknow: The 3-month service extension to Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan may have been a Holi gift for him but it proved to be a dampener for many aspirants-Anil Kumar Gupta looks like the worst sufferer.
A 1979-batch IAS officer Anil Gupta, currently been posted as Chairman, Board of Revenue, is retiring on September 30th, 2016 and this chance would have been 'now or never' for him. But that was not to be.
He was aspiring to take over from Alok Ranjan hoping to serve at the CS post for six months but the extension to the present incumbent dashed his final hopes. According to highly places sources, Anil Gupta met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and expressed his disappointment over this.
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Similarly, the 1982-batch IAS Praveer Kumar who was in the run for the top bureaucratic post of the state, being seen as the natural successor of Alok Ranjan by virtue of being the Agriculture Production Commissioner, considered to be number two post after the Chief Secretary, must also be a dejected man. He,however, unlike Anil Gupta, has still a better chance as his retirement falls in 2019, still three years to go. His batch mate Deepak Singhal, presently, the Principal Secretary, Irrigation in UP, who was also trying for the post, must also be a disappointed man though he is also retiring in 2019.
Other officers who could be in the reckoning included four officers who are serving as Secretaries at Government of India. They are -1981-batch officer Anil Swaroop and three 1982-batch officers Neeraj Kumar Gupta, J S Deepak and Rohit Nandan.