The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court comprising Justice Jagdish Bhalla and Justice Dharm Veer Sharma on Wednesday issued directives to the State Government directing it to ‘strictly abide the rules and regulations for determining the strength, composition of the cadre and posting of the IAS officers as managing director of the corporations.’
The court issued this interim order on a PIL filed by a journalist Jagdish Narain Shukla against the alleged mismanagement of the IAS cadre in gross violation of the rules laid down by the Government of India, service rules and posting of IAS officers on the ex cadre posts of the PCS. Shukla in his PIL also mentioned about the appointment of principal secretaries and secretaries in excess of their sanctioned strength.
The court’s attention was drawn towards the fact that 42 principal secretaries and 70 secretaries were working in the State Government against the sanctioned posts of 12 and 26 respectively.
The petition also said that 30 posts of joint secretaries meant for the IAS officers were lying vacant since 1992 as no IAS officer was interested in working in this capacity since they were getting posted on ‘good ex-cadre PCS posts.’
The petition also said that tainted IAS officers with criminals cases pending against them were promoted to the post of principal secretary and secretary.
In view of the above, the judges observed, “The State Government shall also ensure that the cadre strength is maintained and all the administrative arrangements and postings are made in consonance with various directions issued by the Government of India and in accordance with law. The State shall also make earnest efforts to fill up the vacant posts of joint secretaries expeditiously.”
The case has been listed for final hearing on February.