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UP IAS body: Minimise political interference

THE UTTAR Pradesh IAS Association feels frequent and arbitrary transfers, as well as suspensions, are being used to make civil services more pliable. The association has demanded changes in the draft Public Services Bill-2006. It has also said the draft Bill should have provisions to minimise political interference and provide ?functional independence? to the civil services.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2006 01:07 IST

THE UTTAR Pradesh IAS Association feels frequent and arbitrary transfers, as well as suspensions, are being used to make civil services more pliable.
The association has demanded changes in the draft Public Services Bill-2006. It has also said the draft Bill should have provisions to minimise political interference and provide ‘functional independence’ to the civil services.

“The practice of frequent and arbitrary transfers, suspensions and supersession, ostensibly used for ‘disciplining the officers’, is actually a means through which the members of the All-India Services are sought to be made pliable,” says the association.

“Whatever instruments of control that state exercises over officers of the All-India Services have more often been misused to shatter the morale of the civil services, ‘blunting’ their edge and making them pliable and corrupt,” says association secretary Sanjay Bhus Reddy, in a letter to Central IAS Association honorary secretary Gauri Kumar.

His letter carries the association’s recommendations to be incorporated in the draft Public Service Bill-2006. The association has said the supremacy of the political executive should be kept intact to ensure that civil servants implement the policies impartially, efficiently and effectively.

“The notion of political supremacy over the civil services should not be allowed to become a means for day-to-day interference manifested through transfers, postings and arbitrary personnel related decisions,” says Bhus Reddy’s letter. The association has quoted the First Administrative Reforms Commission, the Sarkaria Commission report and Sardar Patel to make its point.

“A service is an instrument that like a surgeon’s knife must retain its sharpness to be effective and the instrument is not disedged or condemned for a wrong cut or for discomfort caused in a right one,” the First Administrative Reforms Commission observed.

Quoting the Sarkaria Commission report, the association has said, “The evidence presented to us by many show that there are numerous instances of gross misuse of powers of transfer, promotion, posting and placing an officer of the All-India Services under suspension. We will suggest that the Union Government may try to dissuade the State Governments from resorting to such undesirable action.”

The association has also quoted Sardar Patel to assert its point that the State Governments should have minimum control over the All-India Services.
 “…you propose to take control of the services in the matters of discipline, I do not believe this will be helpful. There are parties and cliques outside, which always, if you have got the power, put pressure on you to take action against an officer who is not willing to accept suggestions made by them which are not wise. So, if you have this power, you will lay the services open to many influences, which will not only corrupt them, but also be an invitation to sycophancy and flattery,” observed Patel.