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UP IAS demands withdrawal of suspension powers from Govt

There is also growing concern in IAS association over recommendations of Administrative Reforms Commission, reports Umesh Raghuvanshi.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 20:41 IST

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reiterated its demand that the state government’s power to place all India services officers under suspension should be withdrawn.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 posts of chief secretary, principal secretaries of important departments, district magistrates and the CDO’s be notified specifying their minimum tenure.

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

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

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 6th Pay Commission and housing problem being faced by officers.

“We will take up suspension issue seriously,” said Bhus Reddy adding instead of scrapping the existing provisions safeguarding civil services action should be taken to weed out corrupt officers.

About association’s demand that centre should withdraw the state government’s suspension powers, he said association has decided to send to centre a dossier containing record of suspensions ordered in past 10 years.

The state governments have been misusing their powers. Arbitrary suspensions have become a cause of major concern, he said.

Association has received wide support from other state associations on the issue, he said adding the association would approach the centre through the Central IAS Association.

Replying to a question he said, besides the post of Chief Secretary the association has also demanded that the posts of Principal Secretary of Home, Appointment, Finance, Planning and Forest departments etc. should be notified to give them a minimum tenure of two years.

A resolution demanding amendments in revenue act and other relevant laws to give parity to girls and boys in the families was also passed in the meeting. Association was also setting up a “Sanskriti School” and land for the same has been identified for the same, he said.

Listing 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 magistrate was also filed in the High Court recently.

Association had also to move the Central Administrative Tribunal against delay in merger of 50 per cent DA in the basic salaries of IAS officers. This should have been an automatic process, he said.

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First Published: Dec 16, 2006 20:41 IST