Bhubaneswar: Yet another senior IAS officer, Gagan Bihari Dhal of 1985-batch, has applied to the State Government for taking voluntary retirement from the Government service.
Dhal, who is currently posted as Agriculture Production Commissioner, will be retiring in January 2020. Though the exact reason behind his move was yet to be known, speculations are now rife that the government might give him a bigger responsibility post retirement in coming days.
It may be noted that incumbent Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi applied for the VRS soon after he was appointed the State Election Commissioner by the Governor two days back. Later on Thursday, the Government appointed Development Commissioner and Addition Chief Secretary, Home Asit Tripathy (1986-batch) as the next Chief Secretary of the State.