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Centre refuses copy of note sheets on MP chief secretary's extension

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

The Centre has refused to share a copy of note sheets related to six-month extension to Basant Pratap Singh, citing a provision of RTI Act that bars disclosure of "third party" information.

Singh was in late June given six-month extension, till December this year, as the of the state in the poll year.

"It is also to state that note sheets and all other correspondence involved third party information under Right to Information (RTI) Act," the said in a reply to an RTI query filed by activist

Dubey said he would file an appeal against the denial as transparency at the highest level was very important.

However, the has shared a noting of the that mentions a note (seeking extension) sent to in April this year by

Chouhan, in his letter to the prime minister, supported Singh's continuance in the post citing key pro-farmer initiatives being taken by his government among other reasons.

"Presently, State has embarked on major policy path to provide relief to farmers and unorganised labourers. Basant is leading the initiative to stabilise 'Bhawantar Bhugtan Yojana' which aims to ensure remunerative price for agriculture produce and 'Asangatith Mazdoor Suraksha Yojana' which will cover almost 1.5 crore workers in the state. His continuation shall provide stability and sustainability to the new initiative, the said in the communique.

Chouhan had sought six-month extension from July to December 2018 through the letter dated April 7, 2018.

The extended Singh's term after two months of receiving the chief minister's letter to the by issuing an order dated June 22.

Singh, a 1984 batch (IAS) officer, was appointed the in November 2016.

The extension in a poll year is second such instance. Earlier in 2013, R Parasuram was given extension in service.

The Madhya Pradesh elections are due in November this year.

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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 11:55 IST