Srinagar: The government on Wednesday accepted the voluntary retirement request of Muhammad Iqbal Khandey, two days after he relinquished office as the state’s Chief Secretary. Orders to this effect were issued by the General Administration Department here on Wednesday evening.
“In pursuance of sub-rule (2) of Rule 16 of the all India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefit) Rules, 1958, read with second proviso to this Rule, sanction is hereby accorded to the voluntary retirement of Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, IAS (JK:1978), Chief Secretary, J&K, from the Indian Administrative Service with effect from 31st August, 2015 (afternoon)”, reads the order.
The decision by the government comes after its efforts to persuade Khandey to reconsider his decision failed. Khandey, an IAS officer of the 1978 batch, was elevated to the coveted post on February 18, 2013, by the Omar Abdullah-led coalition government.
Khanday had replaced Madhav Lal, a J&K-cadre IAS officer of the 1977 batch, who was appointed as Secretary Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the Government of India.
Khandey had moved the VRS request in protest against the government’s decision not to change the date of the cabinet meeting on August 19 despite his personal engagements.
He functioned as Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed’s Principal Secretary in the PDP-Congress coalition in 2002-05. His daughter Sehar Iqbal contested the assembly election of 2008 on a PDP ticket from Kokernag, but lost to Congress candidate Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed.