May 2 Order: The government approves extension of tenure of 1983 batch West Bengal cadre IAS and joint secretary in agriculture ministry, Atanu Purkayastha for a period of three months beyond May 1, 2014.
May 5 Order: Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approves extension of tenure 1993 batch Jammu and Kashmir cadre IAS Dheeraj Gupta up to July 31, 2015 "in relaxation of ceiling on tenure applicable under Central Staffing Scheme". Gupta, a joint secretary in PMO, has now been appointed as adviser (joint secretary level) in the Planning Commission.
May 6 Order: The ACC approves the proposal of the defence ministry for extension of deputation tenure of Ms Smita Nagaraj, 1984 batch Tamil Nadu cadre IAS, as joint secretary in that ministry for a period of three months beyond April 18, 2014 and up to July 18, 2014 on ground of continuity.
May 6 Order: The Central deputation tenure of DIPP joint secretary Shubhra Singh, 1989 batch Rajasthan cadre IAS, has been extended up to October 10, 2015.
May 7 Order: The Central deputation tenure of Bhagwan Shankar, 1988 batch Sikkim cadre IAS and joint secretary in home ministry, has been extended up to November 30, 2015.
Ahead of 2009 results, a number of PMO officers including the then joint secretary Pulok Chatterji left the hot-seats possibly expecting a change of guard. This time, PMO joint secretary Dheeraj Gupta who has already been on an extension since March 2013, gets yet another extension till July 31, 2015. Also, he will now move from the South Block to Yojana Bhawan that houses the Planning Commission.
It however remains to be seen what will be the next posting for inarguably the most powerful joint secretary in the PMO: BVR Subrahmanyam, 1987 batch Chhattisgarh cadre IAS.