State Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan is retiring from service at the last of the month, and the competition between various senior IAS officials looking for the post has started. Extra Chief Secretaries K Rajagopal and V K Jeyakodi, whois 1984 batch of IAS, are the senior-most amid the front runners.
Some other junior officials have tossed in their hats as well, utilizing positions they kept to create up for what they need in seniority. Amid them are finance secretary K Shanmugam and special secretary of GST council secretariat Rajeev Ranjan, both are from 1985 batch. Another contender is extra chief secretary home, Niranjan Mardi. Sources near to Girija Vaidyanathan stated she would not receive an expand even if provided.
Sources stated Rajagopal, who is at present governor’s secretary, has been pulling strings. “Though in the past, chief ministers like M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalitha never allowed any external interference in the selection of officials, Giria Vaidyanathan was appointed chief secretary in December 2016 following the Centre’s intervention. O Pannerselvam was the CM then. One of the aspirants for the job is now trying to get the Centre to push his case,” expressed a senior IAS officer.