Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan has been given a service extension of three months, an official said on Thursday.
Ranjan, a 1978 batch IAS officer is considered close to the Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his extension was recommended to the central government for consent.
A high-level committee approved the extension on Wednesday and the information was conveyed to the state government.
Ranjan is the first chief secretary in the present dispensation to get an extension.
He was due to retire on March 31.