SRINAGAR: Chief Secretary, Iqbal Khanday, on Monday voluntarily resigned from his duties.
He reportedly said that he won’t be joining politics in the future.
Khandey, an IAS officer of the 1978 batch, was inducted as CS on February 18, 2013, by the Omar Abdullah-led coalition government.
Last week, Khanday sought voluntary retirement, after the government reportedly turned down his request for deferring cabinet meeting.
The government did not respond to his retirement request.
As per reports, Khanday was accorded with warm farewell by officials at the civil secretariat here in the form of a procession.
Although chief secretary Iqbal Khandey cited personal reasons behind his request for voluntary retirement, it has been learnt that his relations with the government soured when he was sidelined during the constitution of the Public Service Commission and elevation of a few junior officers to higher ranks while disregarding seniors.
Reportedly, Khandey wanted an officer of chief secretary’s rank to head the PSC, but the government paid no heed to his suggestion.