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IAS Week: Uttar Pradesh CM tells IAS officers to show a big heart

Amid ongoing battle for supremacy between the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service in the state, chief minister Yogi Adityanath told the IAS officers to show large heartedness and behave like big brothers with other services.

lucknow Updated: Dec 15, 2017 15:33 IST
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Yogi said his government would support officers doing good work even if they erred at some point.
Yogi said his government would support officers doing good work even if they erred at some point. (HT Photo)

Amid ongoing battle for supremacy between the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS) in the state, chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday told the IAS officers to show large heartedness and behave like big brothers with other services.

“Officers of other cadres feel the IAS officers formulate rules for themselves and also get their own promotions,” said the chief minister in a lighter vein while looking at DGP Sulkhan Singh and asking him, “Is it correct?”

Yogi was addressing senior administrative officers conference organized on the occasion of IAS Week that commenced in Lucknow on Thursday. Yogi’s observations become significant in the backdrop of the ongoing tussle between the IAS and the Indian Police Service officers following recent letters from chief secretary Rajive Kumar and DGP Sulkhan Singh. In his letter, the DGP had opposed the chief secretary’s circular asking the DM’s to preside over meetings to review crime in their respective districts.

Playing the balancing act, Yogi said the DMs and SPs should dispose of the grievances of the people jointly and establish regular communication with the people as well.

He said to provide quality administration, there was need to decentralise the administration at the district level as well. “It’s not possible for an officer to dispose of all the responsibilities entrusted by the state government. The officers should work in coordination. It will not only make their work easy but get better result as well,” he said.

Yogi said one was identified by his/her work and not by holding a big post. He said IAS officers should lead by example.

IAS officer Anita Bhatnagar Jain and her husband Ashu Jain presenting a dance recital at Raj Bhawan. (HT Photo)

In an obvious bid to boost morale of IAS officers, Yogi quoted work of TN Seshan as chief election commissioner and said the former IAS officer was still known for his commendable work. He lauded work of some district magistrates, including that of DM Indore to make his point how officers could make a difference in their respective fields.

Yogi said his government would support officers doing good work even if they erred at some point. The state government would, however, act tough if the officers did something with bad intentions, he said.

“Chief minister’s speech was inspiring at both the sessions on Thursday,” said Uttar Pradesh IAS Association secretary Alok Kumar.

In an obvious reference to questions being raised over role of district magistrates in mining in some districts, the chief minister said there was no end to complaints the state government had been getting about illegal mining. The state government was committed to root out corruption, he said.

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Yogi said a declining trend had been witnessed so far as the performance of IAS officers was concerned. He said some officers were in the habit of sitting over files instead of taking decisions. He said these officers would have to get into the habit of expediting the decision making process.

WHAT THE TUSSLE IS ALL ABOUT

An order issued by chief secretary Rajive Kumar on September 7 on holding crime review meetings under the chairmanship of district magistrates sparked the tussle between IAS and IPS officers. The IPS Association opposed the directive and wanted him to implement the suggestions made by DGP Sulkhan Singh on the law and order review meetings.

President of the association Praveen Singh shot off a letter to the chief secretary stating that all the police officers barring the station house officers should participate in the law and order meetings. “The SDMs and magistrates are also associated with maintaining law and order. The district administration officers should be also directed to attend the law and order meetings,” the letter said.

Meanwhile, general secretary of NGO, Lok Prahari, Satyanaryan Shukla (retd IAS) on Wednesday objected to the reservation shown by the DGP and IPS Association to the order issued by the chief secretary. “The DM is empowered to inspect the police stations and transfer of the station house officers is done only after his nod. IPS officers should not object to review meeting under the DM,” he said adding the DM was the representative of the government in a district and withdrawal of power will weaken his authority.

“To imporove law and order, both the officers will have to work as a team,” he said.