As reported in The Deccan Chronicle on 4 February 2008: Ex-IAS officials rush for state info panels
New Delhi, Feb. 3: Retired IAS officers are making a beeline to become Chief Information Officers (CIO). Across 27 states, these posts have been largely taken over by bureaucrats. Chief secretaries of a state find it a particularly comfortable post-retirement perch. Former Karnataka chief secretary K.K. Misra is the state's CIO while Chhattisgarh's former chief secretary A.K. Vijay Vargia has also been given this coveted posting.
There are some states in where almost all the information officers belong to the IAS fraternity. Retired IAS bureaucrat G. Madhavan is Haryana's CIO. Two other members of his team, Ms Meenaxi Anand Chaudhury and Ms Asha Sharma, are also from the IAS.
Tamil Nadu's commission is headed by a former IAS bureaucrat, Mr S. Ramakrishna. Its other two members are Mr F. Ramkrishnan and Mr K. Rathinasamy, also from the same fraternity. In Punjab, it is the same story all over again with Mr Rajan Kashyap in charge as CIO. His team includes Rupam Deol Bajaj and P.K. Verma from the same service.
Retired police officers and retired judges are also rushing to join this queue since it involves a fixed, five-year tenure and excellent salaries. All the commissions in the Northeast, including Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Sikkim, also have retired IAS bureaucrats as their CIOs. Other states are West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Rajasthan and Uittarakhand.