Upset over partisan role played by them during urban local bodies elections the Governor TV Rajeshwar on Saturday took a dig at IAS officers asking them to ensure that accusing fingers were not raised at them in future.
The Governor also asked bureaucrats to standout and uphold high values instead of resorting to corrupt practices.
About 1000 complaints were received, said Governor adding he was aware of the role played by individual officers. “I know who did what,” said Governor adding such tactics could only pay in short term.
This would be beneficial in the long run, said Governor while asking the officers desist from such practices to improve the image of service in future.
Governor obviously wanted to ensure that bureaucrats acted in a free and fair manner in the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections. As occasion was dinner the Governor hosted for IAS officers at Raj Bhawan the mood was somber.
Governor however used occasion for first ever interaction with officers and give them a lesson or two not only in good governance but also on how they could live a modest life within their existing means.
Governor expressed his serious concern over frequent transfers and suspensions of IAS officers and took a dig not only at Mulayam government but also during the previous regimes.
No officer should be suspended in the manner the State Government has been suspending them over the years, he said. Governor laid emphasis on stability of tenure and said the tenure of officers posted on important posts should be fixed.
“When I went to Firozabad the SSP informed me that he had been transferred seven times in a year,” said Governor adding he wrote to Chief Minister describing the predicament of officers.
Governor referred to the mail sent to him by a retired officer who pointed out how there was a decline and erosion of values in the bureaucracy once regarded as steel frame. There has been a political debasement over the years, said Governor in an obvious indication towards political instability that has gripped state since 1989.
Referring to the Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s observations that many district magistrates were taking bribe in the same manner as done by their subordinates Governor said he was surprised to know that. There should be no reason to resort to corrupt practices, said Governor.
A senior IAS officer Ashish Goel pointed out that salary and perks of IAS officers were no match to those being paid in private sector. “We were way ahead of private sector earlier. Now their salary and perks are higher than ours,” said the officer.
At this, the Governor said the IAS officers got salary and perks sufficient for modest living. “I only get a salary of Rs 15,000,” said the Governor adding low salary did not mean that anybody should give up values.
Governor also called his days as Director of the Intelligence Bureau when he was the only officer given an official car while other senior officers were denied the facility.
“I used to get a salary of Rs 3000 while working as Director Intelligence Bureau,” said the Governor adding that was sufficient for him to live a modest life. There were some moments of heated exchanges as well when some officers asked the association chairman Shambhu Nath not to regulate the interaction.
“Let officers speak on their own. There should be no pick and choose,” said a senior officer. Many officers pointed out that the IAS should not be isolated for corruption. There were other institutions that needed to clean up, they said.
Governor asked officers to ensure that they inspected school and hospitals while undertaking tours. Governor pointed out that things would improve if the IAS officers performed their duties well.
He referred to his tour to Kanpur and Gorakhpur to point out how the pollution level was rising in Ganga and how the Japanese Encephalitis was spreading its tentacles in Gorakhpur.
He referred to the nursing schools in Kerala and said similar quality schools should be opened in UP as well.