ONE MORE 1983 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of MP cadre is learnt to have tendered his resignation. He is likely to join a multinational company, Honeywell.
According to sources, Dhiraj Mathur, who is presently on study leave in the United States, has put in his papers. Mathur came to Bhopal earlier this week, met senior officials and put in his papers to the General Administration Department, sources added. If his resignation is accepted, Mathur will be the third officer of the 1983 batch to quit service midway.
Before Mathur, two officers of the same batch — J P Rai and Sunil Tondon — had quit the service and presently working in private sector.
Mathur had left the State in June 2004. At that time, he was posted as Secretary, Energy. He proceeded on study leave for completing his doctorate in Finance and Economics in New York.
Sources in the General Administration Department told the Hindustan Times that Mathur has submitted his papers for the voluntary retirement. “After completing 50 years of age or 20 years of service, any officer of all India service becomes eligible for the voluntary retirement,” they added.
However, since Mathur has not yet completed 30 years of service, his application of voluntary retirement will be sent to the Union Government for formal approval. “The State Government can accept the voluntary retirement of those who complete 30 years of service. For those, who completed less than 30 years of service, approval of the Union Government is a must,” sources stressed.
“Senior IAS officers have started realising that they are not being paid in the services as per their capabilities, that is why officers across the country have started quitting the service,” said a senior officer. In November 2004, the State Government had accepted the resignation of the 1978 batch IAS officer, Dr Sudarshan Synghal, who sought voluntary retirement for personal reasons.
He is presently working with a reputed private organisation. In 1998, an IAS officer of the 1981 batch of Madhya Pradesh cadre, S V Iyyar, joined the World Bank.