Published On: Thu, Sep 3rd, 2015

Swachh Bharat mission head IAS officer Vijaylakshmi Joshi takes VRS

NEW DELHI: Gujarat cadre IAS officer Vijaylakshmi Joshi, head of Swachh Bharat mission has taken VRS even before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious project completes a year.

Gujarat cadre IAS officer Vijaylakshmi Joshi, head of Swachh Bharat mission has taken VRS even before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious project completes a year.

Gujarat cadre IAS officer Vijaylakshmi Joshi, head of Swachh Bharat mission has taken VRS even before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious project completes a year.

A 1980-batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, 57-year-old Joshi still has three years of service left.

She had written to the government in July seeking voluntary retirement with effect from October 31, 2015 to take care of her old parents. Her application is under process, a Personnel Ministry spokesperson said.

Joshi had served in various posts in the state and in the Centre. She had been Joint and Additional Secretary in Commerce Ministry between 2011 and April 2014. Joshi took over as Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj on May 1, last year.

She has been working as Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation since October 1, 2014. Her husband, G P Joshi, a 1978 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, also took early retirement under Voluntary retirement Scheme (VRS) in 2008.

Former home secretary L C Goyal, too, had sought voluntary retirement this week on personal grounds, but he was appointed CMD of India Trade Promotion Organisation.

Goyal was replaced by Rajiv Mehrishi, a Rajasthan cadre IAS officer who was to retire on August 31 from the finance ministry and has earned a two-year extension after he was appointed Home Secretary.

TST

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