The Uttar Pradesh IAS Association appears to have come out of its prolonged hibernation by adopting an aggressive posture, though its office bearers say it is not being confrontationist in demanding that Gautam Buddha Nagar sub-divisional magistrate Durga Shakti Nagpal’s suspension be revoked.
“The association has acted on its own in taking up the cause of the woman IAS officer. She did not approach us. This speaks about our concern for the members,” said a senior officer.
This is the first time in the past many years that the association has taken up cudgels for anyone, he says with good reason as the body had become virtually defunct and even failed to hold its annual civil service during the five years of the Mayawati regime from May 13, 2007 to March 14, 2012.
It became active only after formation of Akhilesh Yadav government and held the civil service week and a cultural get-together earlier this year. It played a cricket match with chief minister’s XI as a goodwill measure.
All the while, it refrained from going on a collision course despite the demand that the issue of frequent transfers be taken up seriously with the state government.
At its annual general meeting (AGM) held on January 19, 2013, the association had resolved that a five-member committee would be formed to decide whether any issue required its intervention.
The office bearers say the resolution is yet to be implemented.
Explaining the rationale for the new pro-active approach, another officer says, “The young officers are feeling demoralised following the suspension of the SDM. We need to come out with a mechanism that focuses on the problems of young officers.”
While the suspension has evoked a strong reaction on social media sites and among the opposition parties, sources say the chief minister is upset over the ‘unnecessary’ hype over the issue as the officer was suspended for demolishing the wall of a religious place.
It was on the chief minister’s directive that the order to place her under suspension was issued at midnight, says another officer.
It remains to be seen whether the association’s intervention will lead to revocation of the suspension or pave the way for a confrontation between the government and the association.