Putting their best foot forward, India’s three premier civil services on Monday asked the government to strip state government of their power to suspend All India Services (AIS) officers on their own due to its rampant abuse.
Representatives of the three services – Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFoS) – met SK Sarkar, secretary of Department of Personnel & Training on Monday evening to put forth their demand.
This is the first time that the three services – called India’s steel frame by the first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel – have joined hands to stand up to harassment of honest officers.
"We have said that the delegated powers to the states are being misused, rather abused. That is why the rules should be revisited and necessary amendments should be made," Sanjay R Bhoosreddy, Secretary of IAS officers' association told reporters.
The change in rules on suspensions is warranted so that the morale of the government officials does not get affected and they work in public interest, said Pankaj Singh, secretary of the central IPS Association.
“We do not support corrupt officers,” added Atul Raj Chadha, who heads the IFoS association, pointing that it wasn’t fair to suspend to honest to fix them.
The meeting came in the backdrop of controversial suspension of Durga Sakthi Nagpal, a 2010 batch IAS officer, by the Uttar Pradesh Government on July 27.