With Raj Bhawan giving no indications of relenting on the issue of its directives to defer the Civil Service Week the Uttar Pradesh IAS Association finds itself in a catch-22 situation sandwiched as it is between the top two functionaries — the constitutional and the executive heads.
After giving his consent the Governor had asked the association to defer the week scheduled to take place from December 14, to 17, 2006 to sometime in January 2007. Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on the other hand is unlikely to accept any change in the schedule.
“So, the association finds itself in a dilemma as it has to respect the wishes of both the Governor and the Chief Minister,” said a senior IAS officer while expressing his concern over what he called unprecedented directives from Raj Bhawan. “We have sought appointment with the Governor to explain our point. If Governor refuses to relent the association would have no option but to discuss the issue at its executive committee meeting to be held on November 14, 2006,” he said adding that the association may also put up the issue before Governor and Chief Minister to seek directions from them again.
Barring the dinner that Raj Bhawan traditionally hosts for IAS officers the Governor has no major role to play during the week. Successive Chief Ministers have found the week an occasion to give their message political or otherwise at the senior administrative officers conference organised every year as part of the week. If Chief Minister goes ahead with the conference the association would have a truncated week,” said a senior office bearer of association.
This is not to assert that association would be setting a new precedent if it changed the dates of the week following the directives from Raj Bhawan. There have been instances when the association has deferred the week to associate itself with concerns of people in cases of natural calamities like earthquake, Tsunami or any communal flare up in any district of the state. Any personal bereavement of Governor TV Rajeswar’s predecessor also led to cancellation of week recently, he said adding that this was however for the first time that Raj Bhawan has asked for cancellation of the week under a situation when Governor and Chief Minister are at loggerheads with each other.
Significantly there are already indications that the IPS Week may not be held as scheduled. Governor had reiterated his stand when the DGP Bua Singh went to Raj Bhawan to urge him to reconsider his decision. The State Police would have to set aside the conventions or annoy the Governor if it went ahead with holding the week. The UP IAS Association would be keeping a close watch on the happenings vis-à-vis police week to take a decision on the issue of deferring the Civil Service Week.