IAS officer Kashish Mittal, posted in NITI Aayog, has resigned from service after his transfer to Arunachal Pradesh.
Mittal is the last to join the league of top level central government officers, who have resigned from the coveted job.
Mittal was serving as additional principal secretary to NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar.
He was an IAS officer of AGMU (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territory) cadre.
The report said this is not the first time that Mittal had come into conflict with the central government over his transfer.
On being transferred from Chandigarh in 2016, Mittal had lodged a petition with the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) challenging his transfer order.
The CAT was established for adjudication of disputes with respect to recruitment and conditions of service of persons appointed to public services and posts.
Earlier, two other IAS officers resigned from the service reportedly over ‘denial of freedom of expression’ and ‘democracy’. They are Kannan Gopinathan and Sasikanth Senthil.
IAS officer Gopinathan had quit the most coveted job over restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir following abrogation of Article 370.
Gopinathan, who resigned last month, was the secretary to the Power department of the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
He submitted his resignation to the Home Ministry on August 21.
A 2009 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer, S. Sasikanth Senthil, posted as deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district, resigned from service on Friday.
IAS officer Senthil in a note said it was ‘unethical’ on his part to continue as a civil servant when “fundamental building blocks of diverse democracy are being compromised”.