Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh government late tonight issued an order extending the service of Chief Secretary Prasanna Kumar Mohanty for four months, a move that has evoked protest from another senior IAS officer who went on protest leave.
Mohanty, an IAS officer of 1979 batch, was supposed to retire from service today on attaining the age of superannuation.
However, the Centre approved extension of Mohanty's tenure till June 30 as the state bifurcation process is currently on, sources in the General Administration Department said.
'Mohanty's tenure has been extended till June 30 in public interest,” an official order issued by GAD Secretary (Political) N Siva Sankar said.
The Union Department of Personnel communicated its approval in this regard to the state government late tonight, following which the GAD issued the order.
Meanwhile, protesting the Centre's move, Mohanty's batchmate and currently Chief Commissioner of Land Administration I Y R Krishna Rao proceeded on a ten-day 'protest' leave from today.
Krishna Rao shot off a letter to Mohanty in the afternoon stating that he was proceeding on earned leave for ten days in protest.