Senior bureaucrat Kishore Gajbhiye has taken voluntary retirement well over a decade before his tenure ends. He will now make a switch to the private sector, taking up an assignment with a leading real estate organisation. An IAS officer of the 1987 batch, KIshore Gajbhiye was a secretary in the department of social justice. Before being posted in Mantralaya, Gajbhiye was the additional municipal commissioner at MCGM. Ever since he quit the municipal corporation a year ago, Gajbhiye had been at loggerheads with the state government, his contention being he was transferred before his tenure of two years was over. Gajbhiye seems to have followed in the footsteps of other IAS officers, who had left their highprofile government jobs to join the private sector. According to official records, in last two years, more than a dozen officers quit the IAS and taken up more lucrative offers from private firms. Among the prominent officers who quit the IAS in the recent past are industries secretary V K Jairath, urban planner T Chandrashekhar and former food and civil supplies secretary A Ramkrishnan. After leaving their government jobs, all have either joined private firms while Chandrashekhar has joined the political party floated by Telugu film star Chiranjeevi.