Chief Minister Ashok Chavan granted an extension of six months to Chief Secretary Johny Joseph after obtaining the approval of the Prime Minister’s Office. Chief Secretary Johny Joseph informed that his services have been extended by six months, who was to retire this week. An IAS officer of the 1972 batch, Joseph had taken over the reins of the state bureaucracy on April 30, 2008. Soft spoken Joseph had the rare distinction of working with four chief ministers, Narayan Rane, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and now with Ashok Chavan. Joseph was reportedly vying for two posts-election commissioner, government of India, in place of N Gopalswami, who retired on April 20 and state election commissioner in place of Nandlal, who is retiring on June 15. Most of Joseph’s predecessors were granted extensions for three to six months. Bureau report – NMTV News.