SENIOR IAS officer Anil Kumar-II today resigned from the Indian Administrative Service. An officer of 1989 batch, Kumar was posted as Member Board of Revenue.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Kumar confirmed that he had tendered his resignation today. He, however, gave no specific reason for doing so. “This is one of the best jobs,” he said.
“A cage is a cage howsoever golden it may be,” said Kumar while replying to a question. “I am moving out of the golden cage,” he said. “I have tried to deliver the best,” he said adding that there were limitations. “I would now try to transcend beyond these limitations,” he said. Asked if he would join any private sector company, Kumar said he had earlier contemplated to do so. “There is no such move, as of now,” he said.
Kumar hinted that he might try to do something in social welfare sector.
On whether other IAS officers were also considering resigning from their service, he said there might be a number of officers who may not be able to do justice to their jobs. Resignation from the service was, however, an entirely personal decision, he said.
Significantly, his decision comes at a time when the civil services reforms process is under way.
As Kumar’s resignation comes a few days before the forthcoming Civil Services Week, it is likely to spark off a debate among other officers over service conditions and the code of conduct once again.
Kumar, meanwhile, remained optimistic about the state government accepting his resignation. “Once an officer decides to quit the service no one is going to stop him,” he said adding there was no reason for not accepting his resignation.
Besides holding various important posts, Kumar has also worked as Vice-Chairman of Kanpur Development Authority, Vice-Chairman of Agra Development Authority and district magistrate in some districts.