The defence secretary, home secretary, director of intelligence bureau, secretary of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), can now be given extensions of up to two years, a central government notification issued Monday said.
At present, these civil servants have a fixed tenure of two years in these posts, and their appointments are governed by the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act.
The order comes a day after the Centre brought in a controversial ordinance, extending the tenure of the chiefs of the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation for up to five years.
To bring in this ordinance, the DSPE Act and the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) Act have been amended to give the government the power to keep the two chiefs in their posts for up to five years.
On Monday, the Centre amended the fundamental rules 1992, saying that the extensions for the defence secretary, home secretary, director of intelligence bureau, and secretary of RAW cannot “exceed two years”.