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IAS body seeks 2-year fixed tenure

THE UP IAS Officers? Association has urged the State government to announce new policies for a minimum of two-year fixed tenure on a particular post for IAS officers and for imposing a blanket ban on allotment of government houses to non-government officials, which has become a rule rather than an exception. The fixed tenure of officers, the association felt, would not only help in effective implementation of the Government schemes/ policies but also increase accountability/ responsibility of officers.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 01:30 IST

THE UP IAS Officers’ Association has urged the State government to announce new policies for a minimum of two-year fixed tenure on a particular post for IAS officers and for imposing a blanket ban on allotment of government houses to non-government officials, which has become a rule rather than an exception.

The fixed tenure of officers, the association felt, would not only help in effective implementation of the Government schemes/ policies but also increase accountability/ responsibility of officers.

The association has also urged the government not to create unnecessary hurdles in officers’ way to go to the Centre on deputation and underlined the need for a clear policy and its strict implementation on promotion of officers from other cadres to the IAS. Promotion of junior PCS officers to the IAS cadre causes frustration among senior PCSD officers and a clear policy is needed to cope with this problem of promoting ‘junior’ PCS officers at the cost of ‘senior’ PCS officers.

It has also deeply regretted ‘treatment’ meted out to the senior most officer of the cadre, Ravi Mathur, who was put on forced ‘waiting’ and was later appointed on a newly created post, that too, without any office and urged the government to ensure that no such incident was repeated.

These are some of the points which have been raised by the association in two letters sent to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chief Secretary R Ramani on the basis of various resolutions unanimously passed at a recently concluded AGM held during the IAS Week.

It has demanded that officers living in government houses should be allowed to retain them till the end of the session, if transferred mid-session, on ordinary rent and all action initiated against officers, who have not vacated government accommodation even after transfer, should be withdrawn with immediate effect.

The government should ensure that no officer was put on ‘forced waiting’ as it not only leads to frustration but also to various problems in drawing salary for the waiting period, the letters said.

The association has expressed serious concern over allotment of government accommodation to non-government people and underlined the need for a clear policy on allotment of government houses based on seniority of officers. The houses earmarked for senior officers were being irregularly and, contrary to rules, being given to non-officials forcing officers, including very senior ones, to either wait for a long time for a government accommodation or live in small houses meant for very junior officers. This indiscrimination must be removed, it observed.

In a separate letter written to Chief Secretary R Ramani, the association has expressed its desire for a regular ‘courtesy call/ meeting’ with the chief secretary every second Thursday of the month to dispose of pending IAS-related issues with the government on time-bound basis and to discuss other problems/ issues of the cadre with him. The government decisions and the chief secretary’s approval for regular meetings are being eagerly awaited by the association.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 01:30 IST