NEW DELHI: Former chairman of the central board of direct taxes (CBDT) Pramod Chandra Mody took charge as secretary general of Rajya Sabha on Friday, replacing P P K Ramacharyulu, a former secretariat services officer, who was appointed as SG only recently on September 1 this year.
According to the official communication from the secretariat, Mody, a 1982-batch revenue services officer, was appointed secretary general in the rank and status of cabinet secretary till August 10, 2022, which, as per convention, is coterminus with the tenure of the vice-president of India.
Ramacharyulu, who was released of his charge as SG without citing any reasons, was subsequently appointed consultant and adviser in the RS Secretariat. It had been expected that he could continue till Naidu’s term in office concluded. Article 98 of the Constitution prescribes that both Houses of Parliament shall have separate secretariat staff and Parliament shall, by law, regulate the recruitment. The provision, however, has been given the goby by successive governments.

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