Government Extends Tenure of Retiring IAS Officer by Three Months

Outgoing Chief Secretary of Bihar Anjani Kumar Singh (file photo).

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Patna: Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, a close confidante of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who was to retire from service at the end of this month, was given an extension of three months after the state government failed to pick his replacement on time.

The announcement was made by General Administration Principal Secretary Amir Subhani on Saturday.
A 1980 batch IAS officer, Singh succeeded Ashok Kumar Sinha as the Chief Secretary on June 25, 2014 when Jitan Ram Manjhi was the Chief Minister of Bihar.

Prior to becoming the Chief Secretary, he served in the Nitish administration as the Principal Secretary in various departments including Education, and Art, Culture, and Youth departments.

Considered to be the right hand of Nitish Kumar, it is widely believed that the Chief Minister himself played a role in getting extension for his favorite bureaucrat until a suitable replacement is found.

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