IAS meet may skip transfer issue

NOTWITHSTANDING THE assertions of the UP IAS Association?s office-bearers to the contrary, the annual general meeting (AGM) of the association scheduled to take place on January 21, 2005 may turn out to be a lackluster exercise as the association may not be able to take up major issues concerning officers posted in Uttar Pradesh.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2006 01:08 IST

NOTWITHSTANDING THE assertions of the UP IAS Association’s office-bearers to the contrary, the annual general meeting (AGM) of the association scheduled to take place on January 21, 2005 may turn out to be a lackluster exercise as the association may not be able to take up major issues concerning officers posted in Uttar Pradesh.

This would be for the first time that the AGM would meet after the association passed a resolution on October 10, 2005 deciding to convene an extra-ordinary AGM to discuss various sensitive issues.

As the association has not been able to convene extra-ordinary AGM, senior office- bearers insist that all major issues concerning members would be raised at the AGM to be held during the Civil Service Week commencing on January 19, 2005.

Among major issues that the association proposed to discuss at the extra-ordinary AGM include the State government’s move of placing IAS officers under suspension without following the procedure. The aAssociation had taken up the issue after Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav decided to place a number of senior IAS officers under suspension. The association had pointed out that the State government was also violating the mandatory provision of sending information to the Centre within 15 days of placing any officer under suspension.

Will the association take up the issue of large-scale transfers that the State government had been ordering in the past few months? This is a million-dollar question being asked in the official circles with most of the members hinting that the association may not be able to take up the issue.

Association members point out that the State government had committed itself to provide a minimum two-year tenure to IAS and PCS officers. The State Government had also assured the Supreme Court to carry out all transfers on the basis of recommendations of the Civil Service Board presided over by the Chief Secretary. An affidavit in this regard was submitted before the Supreme Court in a case filed by an employee of the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam.

The State government, however, has failed to keep any of the two promises.

The State government has not only failed to provide the two-year tenure to officers it has also not been able to route transfers through the virtually defunct Civil Service Board.

Asked to comment, a senior office-bearer said the association would certainly take up the issues concerning members and the issue of suspensions was bound to come up for discussions there. No issues, however, have been listed so far on the association’s agenda, he said.

Significantly, the AGM also provides an occasion for election of new executive committee members, mainly the president and the secretary. As per convention, the senior most member of the association is elected president. In pursuance of the tradition, senior IAS Officer Ravi Mathur holds the office of the association president. Mathur is due to retire next month and the association may soon have to select a name as his successor. Association secretary SB Reddy might continue as secretary for the third consecutive term if he so wished, said a senior officer. Officers associated with the Uttar Pradesh IAS Action Group remain tightlipped on any issue concerning the association.

First Published: Jan 05, 2006 01:08 IST