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?Withdraw suspension power of State Govt?

india Updated: Dec 17, 2006 01:24 IST
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THE UTTAR Pradesh IAS Association on Saturday reiterated its demand that the State Government’s power to place all-India services officers under suspension should be withdrawn. It also demanded that the posts of  the chief secretary, the principal secretaries of important departments, the district magistrates and the CDOs be notified, specifying their minimum tenure.

There is also growing concern in the association over reported recommendations of the Administrative Reforms Commission to scrap the civil service regulations and safeguards, as provided under Article 311 of Constitution, to pave way for contractual appointments.

“There is a move to follow the American pattern. We do not see any reason for it. A committee has been constituted to make recommendations on the issue,” said UP IAS Association secretary Sanjay Bhus Reddy.

The occasion was the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association that decided to take up issues of concern with the Centre and constitute various committees to make recommendations on the 6th Pay Commission and housing problems being faced by officers. “We will take up the suspension issue seriously,” said Bhus Reddy, adding instead of scrapping the existing provisions safeguarding the civil services, action should be taken to weed out corrupt officers.

About the association’s demand that the Centre should withdraw the State Government’s suspension powers, he said the association had decided to send to the Centre a dossier of suspensions ordered over the past 10 years. The State Governments had been misusing their powers and arbitrary suspensions had become a cause of concern, he said.

The association had received widespread support from other state associations on the issue, he said, adding it would approach the Central Government through the Central IAS Association. To a question, he said besides the post of chief secretary, the association had also demanded that the posts of the principal secretary of the Home, Appointment, Finance, Planning and Forest Departments should be notified to give them a minimum tenure of two years.

A resolution demanding amendments in the Revenue Act and other relevant laws to give parity to girls and boys in families was also passed in the meeting. The association was also for setting up a “Sanskriti School” and a land for the same was identified, he said.

Listing the association’s moves on various issues in the past one year, he said a petition challenging the State Government’s order of posting PCS officers as district magistrates was also filed in the High Court recently. The association had also to move the Central Administrative Tribunal against delay in merger of 50 per cent DA with the basic salaries of IAS officers. This should have been an automatic process, he said.