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Move to cancel CSW annoys Chief Minister

IN A move that could step up confrontation between the Raj Bhawan and the Chief Minister, Governor TV Rajeswar has asked the Uttar Pradesh IAS Association to cancel the Civil Service Week (CSW) that it proposed to hold from December 14 to 17.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 01:32 IST

IN A move that could step up confrontation between the Raj Bhawan and the Chief Minister, Governor TV Rajeswar has asked the Uttar Pradesh IAS Association to cancel the Civil Service Week (CSW) that it proposed to hold from December 14 to 17.

Rajeswar has asked the association to defer CSW to January 2007 in view of his prior engagements during December. He has serious reservations over the manner in which a section of the bureaucracy has conducted itself in recent times. Rajeswar felt a particular lobby of officers was working in a partisan manner and the week would provide yet another occasion to Mulayam Singh Yadav for a close interaction with the officers during the senior administrative officers’ conference organised as part of the CSW.   

Rajeswar’s move was bound to have political overtones, as the CSW might be postponed even further as the State would be in poll mode by January. The Election Commission was likely to announce the election schedule by that time, and the model code of conduct would come in to force preventing Yadav from announcing any sops for the officers.

Taking strong exception to the move, the CM lodged a protest with the Raj Bhawan today. Sources said Yadav pointed out to Rajeswar that the Raj Bhawan had little role in organising the week. Therefore, it should not meddle in the internal affairs of the bureaucracy and the association, Yadav said.

A meeting of association was likely to be held soon to consider the issue. A senior office bearer of the association said preparations for the week were at an advanced stage. The association would discuss the issue at its executive committee meeting scheduled to be held on November 11 and might even consider holding the week earlier than the scheduled, said another officer. This is for the first time in recent years that the Governor has asked the association to cancel the week after giving his consent for the traditional dinner that the Raj Bhawan holds for senior IAS officers during the CSW, he added.

A senior Raj Bhawan official said the Governor had prior engagements in December 2006. He would address convocations of some universities, besides going to Sarnath. He also proposed to visit Jhansi, Allahabad and some other districts, the official said.

Was the Governor planning to go on a state-wide tour to assess the law and order situation and implementation of other government programmes in UP before the Vidhan Sabha election was announced, is a question doing rounds in political circles here.