Shillong, Dec. 30: The services of Meghalaya chief secretary W.M.S. Pariat has been officially extended for another six months, a state government notification issued here today stated.
The Meghalaya government had received approval from the department of personnel and training, New Delhi, to extend Pariatís services from January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014.
Yesterday, chief minister Mukul Sangma said the extension had been made in view of the forthcoming elections to the three autonomous district councils and the Lok Sabha.
Pariat is one of the longest serving chief secretaries in Meghalaya. Born on December 28, 1953, he took over the job to head the bureaucracy on October 10, 2009, from Ranjan Chatterjee.
Besides holding the post of chief secretary, Pariat has been the chairman and managing director of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Ltd. (MeECL) since May 2006.
An IAS officer of 1977 batch of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, Pariat had first served in Jorhat, Assam, as an assistant commissioner before handling several responsibilities in his home state.
Pariat attained the age of superannuation on Saturday after completing 60 years and was due to demit office tomorrow.