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MP chief secretary Basant Pratap Singh gets extension of six months

He will be the administrative head of the state during upcoming Assembly elections

Bhopal: Basant Pratap Singh, chief secretary of Madhya Pradesh, has been given an extension of six months after the central personnel department issued an order to the effect on Friday, after the extension proposal received Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approval. Singh is the fourth chief secretary of MP to get an extension.

The proposal was sent from the chief minister’s office to the Centre on April 7, 2018. Singh was due to retire in eight days, but with the extension order coming through, he will be the administrative head during the upcoming Assembly elections in the state.

Singh’s term will now end on December 31, while the elections are likely to be held in November. His successor would now be decided by the new government.

What does his extension mean?

While senior officers Kanchan Jain, Vijaya Shrivastava, BR Naidu will retire, probable candidates for the top job including AP Shrivastava, Rajneesh Vaish, Radheshyam Julania and Iqbal Singh Bains would have to wait for six more months, said sources.

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