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IAS Assn on warpath yet again

THE UTTAR Pradesh IAS Association appears to be on a warpath yet again. Besides demanding withdrawal of state government?s powers to place all-India services officers under suspension, the association today condemned it for the ill-treatment being meted out to its (association) president Ravi Mathur.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2006 01:24 IST

Demands withdrawal of state’s suspension powers

THE UTTAR Pradesh IAS Association appears to be on a warpath yet again.

Besides demanding withdrawal of state government’s powers to place all-India services officers under suspension, the association today condemned it for the ill-treatment being meted out to its (association) president Ravi Mathur.

The association also reiterated its demand to provide a fixed two-year tenure on all IAS posts. It feels that steps should be initiated to curtail political influence and asserted that under no circumstances non-cadre officers should be posted on cadre posts. The association also wants members not to succumb to political pressure.

Aggressive postures were witnessed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association here today. About 25 officers spoke and there was unanimity in passing all the resolutions. The officers were obviously agitated as the number of IAS officers placed under suspension in the past one decade has gone unusually higher in comparison to other states.

The officers felt suspensions were being ordered in violation of all-India service rules.

The association felt the state government was even not following the mandatory provision of sending necessary information about suspensions to the Centre in time.

Association secretary Sanjay Bhus Reddy said full facts were probably not being brought to the notice of the chief minister before he announced suspensions. He said the association would approach IAS associations of other states to seek support for their demand of withdrawal of state government’s powers to place all-India service officers under suspension. He said the association had already got support from UP IPS Association.

Referring to ill-treatment

being meted out to Ravi Mathur, the officers said their feelings on the issue should be conveyed to the chief minister. Ravi Mathur, posted as DG, Training, has no office or any official vehicle for him and the association members expressed their anguish over this. “Dishonour to president is dishonour to service,” said officers. It was during Mayawati’s tenure as chief minister in 1995 that the association had adopted a confrontationist posture following transfer of its then president Surendra Mohan.

The association’s reiteration of demand for two-year tenure reflected on the officers’ mood on the issue that may also make the authorities uncomfortable in view of an affidavit the state government had filed in Supreme Court earlier.

Officers pointed out that various departments had exceeded the budgetary provisions to meet transfer expenses.

The association demanded that duration of compulsory waiting for IAS officers should not exceed a week. In an obvious reference to the demand of UP PCS Association to post PCS officers as district magistrates, the officers said no such move should be tolerated. They quoted ruling of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to make the point that non-cadre officers should not be given cadre posts.

Reddy said the association had already urged the chief minister to hear both the points of views before going ahead with the move. The state government had also been urged to ensure that UP IAS officers’ quota for deputation at the Centre was filled, he said, adding the association might move the court to press the demand for merger of 50 per cent DA with basic salary of IAS officers w e f April 1, 2004.

Significantly, the association has also opposed political interference in the procedure of lateral entry to IAS. Officers said seniority criterion was being ignored in selection of non-PCS officers to IAS in view of growing political interference in the procedure. The association, however, agreed with the chief minister’s suggestion that 10 per cent of the seats in the proposed Sanskriti School be reserved for wards of those living below the poverty line. The association proposes to set up the school in Lucknow soon.