Ajit Seth was appointed by the erstwhile UPA government, and was granted a six-month extension in June this year.
The grapevine in the corridors of the Cabinet Secretariat is that there are three contendors for the post of cabinet Secretary.
Alok Rawat, a 1977 batch Himachal Pradesh cadre IAS officer, Union Power Secretary P K Sinha (1977 batch), and Naved Masood, secretary in the ministry of corporate affairs (1977 batch) are the three choices out of which one would replace Ajit Seth in the month of November.
As Narendra Modi does not favour any favouritism, it is expected that the person who will selected by PM for this post will be someone with all the qualities.
The person who will be appointed as cabinet Secretary is expected to be an ace bureaucrat, who will serve as the country's top civil servant to motivate other government officials to put in their best performance and meet deadlines.
Seth, a 1974 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer, was scheduled to retire on June 13. But PM Narendra Modi gave a six- month extension to him after the new government took office. It was the second extension for Seth (62), whose term was extended by the UPA government by a year in 2013.
If reports are to be believed, then the incumbent, Ajit Seth, may be accommodated in the Planning Commission.