Dinesh Kumar likely to be AP Chief Secretary

  • Tucker to retire tomorrow

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is working on naming rural development principle secretary Dinesh Kumar as the new Chief Secretary of the State. The Chief Minister is likely to clear the name by February 28 as incumbent Chief Secretary S P Tucker is scheduled to retire on the day.

Though the Chief Minister wanted to appoint senior IAS officer and finance principle secretary Ajay Kallam, he dropped the proposal as Kallam is scheduled to retire on March 31 with just a month to be in office. He had reportedly consulted the Central government to get extension for Kallam. The Union Ministry of Personnel and Public Grievances, which looks into the affairs of the all India service officers had reportedly turned down the request. However, the Chief Minister is said to be lobbying with the Prime Minister’s Office to get extension for Ajay Kallam.

The sources said that the Chief Minister is also thinking on naming Dinesh Kumar as the next Chief Secretary. It is said that the announcement about the new Chief Secretary is likely to be made anytime on Tuesday.

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