Bengaluru, Mar 29 (PTI) The Centre has approved service extension of K Ratna Prabha as Karnataka Chief Secretary for three months. Also Read - Voting Begins For 4 Legislative Council Seats in Karnataka

In view of the assembly elections, the state government had earlier written to the Centre seeking extension of her tenure. Also Read - After 'Baba Ka Dhaba', Help Pours in For Elderly Man Who Sells Plants on The Roadside in Bengaluru

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The extension of service is with effect from April one to June 30, under the third Proviso to Rule 16 (1) of All India Service (Death Cum Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India in a letter to state government said.

Ratna Prabha was appointed Karnataka Chief Secretary on November 28, 2017. A 1981 batch IAS officer, her term was to end on March 31, official sources said.

She is the third woman Chief Secretary of the state after Teresa Bhattacharya and Malathi Das.

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