Rakesh Agarwal | 14 Apr 15:24 2015

[IAC#RG] Lokayukta

Could someone enlighten me if the new central Lokpal Act enjoins Delhi government to appoint a Lokayukta?

 

Rakesh Agarwal

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Venkatraman Ns | 8 Apr 17:06 2015
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[IAC#RG] BARBARIC KILLING OF TWENTY WORKERS BY A P POLICE

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                                                                              BARBARIC  KILLING  OF  TWENTY  WORKERS  BY A P POLICE


It is extremely disturbing to know that 20 persons who are poor and unskilled were  shot down by A P police , as they were reported to be cutting down  red sanders  in Andhra Pradesh. It is said that these poor workers were employed by  smugglers,  rowdies and thugs , who obviously have political connections and some of them may be active politicians too.  These workers who were shot down for committing the lawless activity, might not have even known that they were breaking the law. It is said that such illegal activities have been going on for long time and it is extremely difficult to believe that the police , senior officials and politicians belonging to various political parties do not know as to who were the persons  behind such acts.

Police say that they have shot down the workers , as they were attacking the police and police acted in self defence. Can anyone believe this ? With superior arms , intelligence services at their command and vehicle facilities and strength of number , police could have easily surrounded them and arrested them.

However, is it  possible that police were more interested in shooting them down to finish them once for all  to put down such activities, rather than arresting them to find the men behind the act who have sent the workers to cut the trees.

As usual, the government will order an enquiry and the opposition will demand that the investigation should be given to CBI.  There will be lot of debate in TV and media as to who should conduct the enquiry.   After some time, the government will  provide compensation to the victims and claim that it has done it’s job. Twenty poor families with wife and children will suffer life long .However, the country will forget them soon and media  will wait for next  such episode.

In the early days of independence, when Indian politicians were more responsible and conscious of their duties , they would have resigned if such things were to have happened at that time. Today, things have deteriorated to such an extent that people often find it difficult to distinguish between criminals and politicians.

Killing of twenty poor workers certainly will disturb the conscience of millions of  fair minded and good Indians , though it may not be so in the case of most politicians at various levels.

Can we expect the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh to own responsibility  and resign and face an enquiry  ? Is such standard too much to ask for in today’s India?

Will Mr. Narendra Modi  , the Prime Minister who is ultimately responsible for all good and bad things, condemn  this disturbing killings in unequivocal terms and share the sentiments of millions of Indians ,though Andhra Pradesh is now ruled by his ally?  

N.S.Venkataraman

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Manohar Sharma | 8 Apr 08:27 2015
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Re: [IAC#RG] India against Corruption wants pictures of other freedomfighters on currency notes

first do away corruption the main purpose of u r institution than only 2nd thought.

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Economic Times reports a very interesting development in AAP politics, Kejriwal abandons Gandhigiri and chooses the confrontational path of Bhagat Singh.

Raminder

India against Corruption wants pictures of other freedom fighters on currency notes


IAC  has proposed a new series of currency notes to counter fake currency in circulation. Proposal has been sent to RBI to honour freedom fighters

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/india-against-corruption-wants-pictures-of-other-freedom-fighters-on-currency-notes/articleshow/46830469.cms

By NIDHI SHARMA, ET Bureau | 7 Apr, 2015, 01.22AM IST

NEW DELHI: India Against Corruption, which was an umbrella initiative for anti-corruption crusade and Lokpal campaign, has decided to start a "No Gandhi" campaign against counterfeit currency. In its first major campaign after Lokpal, when Arvind Kejriwal had led a splinter group to start Aam Aadmi Party, India Against Corruption has proposed a new series of currency notes to counter fake currency in circulation. IAC has sent a proposal to RBI to introduce currency notes honouring other Indian other Indian heroes of the Independence movement. IAC has proposed that Rs 100 denomination notes with Mahatma Gandhi series be replaced by images of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rs 500 notes with Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj image, Rs 1,000 notes with Rabindranath Tagore image and Rs 200 with Tipu Sultan series.

Speaking to ET, IAC national convenor Sarbajit Roy said, "This is not a suggestion or representation but a formal request from IAC movement for grievance redressal to safeguard the integrity of the Indian state. In case RBI does not take steps to address these concerns, we would stop accepting the currency notes in circulation and start a "No Gandhi" movement.

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Raminder Singh | 7 Apr 03:42 2015
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[IAC#RG] India against Corruption wants pictures of other freedom fighters on currency notes

Economic Times reports a very interesting development in AAP politics, Kejriwal abandons Gandhigiri and chooses the confrontational path of Bhagat Singh.

Raminder

India against Corruption wants pictures of other freedom fighters on currency notes


IAC  has proposed a new series of currency notes to counter fake currency in circulation. Proposal has been sent to RBI to honour freedom fighters

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/india-against-corruption-wants-pictures-of-other-freedom-fighters-on-currency-notes/articleshow/46830469.cms

By NIDHI SHARMA, ET Bureau | 7 Apr, 2015, 01.22AM IST

NEW DELHI: India Against Corruption, which was an umbrella initiative for anti-corruption crusade and Lokpal campaign, has decided to start a "No Gandhi" campaign against counterfeit currency. In its first major campaign after Lokpal, when Arvind Kejriwal had led a splinter group to start Aam Aadmi Party, India Against Corruption has proposed a new series of currency notes to counter fake currency in circulation. IAC has sent a proposal to RBI to introduce currency notes honouring other Indian other Indian heroes of the Independence movement. IAC has proposed that Rs 100 denomination notes with Mahatma Gandhi series be replaced by images of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rs 500 notes with Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj image, Rs 1,000 notes with Rabindranath Tagore image and Rs 200 with Tipu Sultan series.

Speaking to ET, IAC national convenor Sarbajit Roy said, "This is not a suggestion or representation but a formal request from IAC movement for grievance redressal to safeguard the integrity of the Indian state. In case RBI does not take steps to address these concerns, we would stop accepting the currency notes in circulation and start a "No Gandhi" movement.
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Sarbajit Roy | 6 Apr 09:07 2015
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[IAC#RG] PUBLIC GRIEVANCE concerning RBI's MG series banknotes

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Sub: PUBLIC GRIEVANCE concerning RBI's MG series banknotes, filed on behalf of affected Indian citizens by Er.Sarbajit Roy - National Convenor "India Against Corruption"

"India Against Corruption" is a nation wide people's movement ie, ' jan andolan', comprising of eminent patriotic intellectuals and men of action, digitally connected for selfless sacrifice and nation building and bound by a published 'code of conduct' and 'manifesto'. Many of us have regularly interacted with RBI over the years for promoting and ensuring financial inclusion among the poorest of the poor and the marginalised, see eg. [http://www.fipsforum.in].

As citizens of India affected and aggrieved by certain deeds of RBI, we would be obliged if the Reserve Bank of India immediately resolves our grievance/s as described below and within 35 days in any case as notified on your website.

1) That we are aggrieved that there is a very large number of MG series banknotes issued by RBI in circulation which are counterfeit, and the rate at which these counterfeit notes are being detected, both in India and abroad, is increasing exponentially by leaps and bounds. It is noteworthy that in the previous year the increase in detection of such counterfeit MG series notes was about 20% over the previous year where it was 15%. The directions issued by RBI last year for withdrawal of pre-2005 MG series banknotes have had no discernable effect in our opinion.

2) That we are aggrieved that the monitoring, detection and reporting of counterfeit notes in the country is inaccurate and grossly under-reported, and does not at all correspond to the practical experience of the citizenry who have to bear the brunt of this menace of high technology counterfeit MG series currency bank notes being pumped into the country by certain rogue nations, by misusing the existing banking, para-banking and criminal networks, and by taking advantage of rampant financial illiteracy and simple folk in the country.

3) That we are aggrieved the citizens of Hindustan are suffering an increased risk, which is presently at least 20%, each time we accept a MG series banknote purportedly issued by RBI, especially in the Rs. 100 and Rs. 500 denominations which is not easy to detect nowadays.

4) That we are aggrieved that a citizen who mistakenly accepts an MG series banknote in good faith, is thereby humiliated by either suffering personal injury by turning the note in, or being unwillingly turned into a criminal and rendered liable for prosecution under penal sections centering around section 489 IPC by passing it off to others. That because the affected citizens also include public servants like lowly bank tellers, bus conductors and petrol pump attendants, a miasma of fear, suspicion and confrontation is spreading throughout the country which needs to be actively defused and very urgently too.

5) That we are aggrieved that in approximately 25% of India's districts, comprising the remote and forested districts where the government hardly has actual presence on ground, the poor, marginal and illiterate citizens are reportedly being harassed by superior and well armed persons who are defacing, by tearing the corners/sides by about 20%, RBI's MG series banknotes to illustrate and drive home the relative worthlessness of RBI's MG series bank notes. These poor and defenceless persons, literally living under the gun, are being compelled to only circulate these torn notes locally, and in accordance with Gresham Law's, the RBI - and thereby the Indian State - has been effectively driven out of these areas. The undersigned encountered such hapless persons and defaced notes recently at Jantar Mantar/New Delhi when they had come to protest the Land Acquisition Bill, and who narrated their tales of woe to him barely a few furlongs from RBI's offices when they were not allowed into your Bank for lack of ID documents at the gate.

6) That we are greatly aggrieved that the RBI has exclusively printed banknotes with "Mahatma" Gandhi's visage in the last few decades. The increased circulation of these MG series bank notes is causing vast sections of India to be disaffected or alienated against the Indian State. That we feel it is high time that the RBI urgently reevaluates its position on circulating notes exclusively with images of "Mahatma" Gandhi and also honors and respects other Indian heroes from different regions, religions and castes, and in accordance with the letter and spirit of the Constitution of India, and to promote national integration.

Accordingly we, the citizens of India spearheaded by India Against Corruption, require that RBI resolves our collective grievance as follows, and preferably by a published assurance given to the undersigned within 35 days signed by a Deputy Governor of RBI on the following lines:-

A) That all the Rs. 100 denomination blue/grey banknotes of MG series shall be very soon replaced by predominantly red/black bank notes of BS series with image of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

B) That all the Rs. 500 denomination yellow/green banknotes of MG series shall be very soon replaced by orange/black bank notes of SM series with image of Chhatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj.

C) That all the Rs. 1,000 denomination multi-coloured banknotes of MG series shall be very soon replaced by blue/green/purple bank notes of RT series with image of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore

D) That a Rs.200 denomination bank note be issued in TS series with image of Tiger of Mysore "Tipu Sultan".

E) That additional series of educative bank notes with visages of iconic Indians in varied walks of lifes and regions shall be regularly added in all the standard denominations of Rs. 10, Rs. 20, Rs. 50. eg. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Jhansi ki Rani, Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Veer Savarkar, Abul Kalam Azad, Netaji Subhash Bose etc. in large quantities to benefit and uplift the common people.

F) That considering the unique security and demographic threats against our 8 North-Eastern States, a special series of banknotes of Rs.100, Rs. 200, Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 denominations be rapidly issued to commemorate freedom fighters of the North-East like Rani Ma Gaidinliu, U Tirot Singh, Kanak Lata Barua, Tikendra Jit Singh etc. to forge their unity and clearly demonstrate that people of mainland India are reciprocally  bound to acknowledge and respect unsung North-East heroes/martyrs contributions for the anti-colonial struggle.

G) That the term "very soon" means "expeditiously and not later than 6 months"

H) That the term "replaced" means "superceded through active measures to withdraw old series banknotes from circulation including devaluation or demonetisation to ensure their substitution"

NB: These are not suggestions or representations on our part, but are a formal request from the "India Against Corruption" movement for grievance redressal to safeguard the integrity of the Indian State, otherwise I and my subscribers shall increasingly cease to accept MG series suspicious banknotes and shall initiate a national "NO GANDHI" movement to challenge RBI and to educate Hindustanis about RBI's hollow promises, and to demand payment in sum exclusively in coinage upto Rupee 1,000 of acceptable weight, dimensions and values described in the Indian Coinage Act 1906-2011.

With best wishes and a hope that the utter seriousness of our reasonable request is considered favorably.

Sincerely

Sarbajit

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Jeelani Khan | 5 Apr 20:16 2015
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Re: [IAC#RG] A simple question

Completely in agreement with you. Solution wl come only from public inquilab but unfortunately v hv ban seeing d outcome of d last inquilab v saw in our country ie. birth of AAP n its infighting. Politicians, bureaucrates, police, and to some extent judiciary as well r hand-in-glove so it is not do easy to change d system. But, I can still say  convincingly that despite of mountains of hurdles a lot can be changed.

On Apr 4, 2015 9:50 PM, "Anil Jain" <anil.jain-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
Dear All,
As a citizen of India , I have a simple question to ask.
Why cant we have a drive to push the Government to fix up the accountability with stringent action against defaulters of the Public Servants including the Politicians and Bureaucrats.

If job executed is not of the standard and finishing, why aren't the concerned authority is punished as  it is prevalent in Private sector.
Why a Government Servant consider his job as a life time job without the fear of Pink Slip due to his inefficiencies and lack of commitment towards his/her job.
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Anil Jain | 4 Apr 09:04 2015
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[IAC#RG] A simple question

Dear All,
As a citizen of India , I have a simple question to ask.
Why cant we have a drive to push the Government to fix up the accountability with stringent action against defaulters of the Public Servants including the Politicians and Bureaucrats.

If job executed is not of the standard and finishing, why aren't the concerned authority is punished as  it is prevalent in Private sector.
Why a Government Servant consider his job as a life time job without the fear of Pink Slip due to his inefficiencies and lack of commitment towards his/her job.
Regards
Anil jain
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Col K S Mehta | 4 Apr 04:32 2015
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Re: [IAC#RG] CAN IAS OFFICERS FUNCTION LIKE REBELS ?

Wrong orders getting followed is a sure method to doom.In fact we need more officers who can stand against inappropriate functioning



On 04-Apr-2015, at 12:08 am, Venkatraman Ns <nsvenkatchennai <at> gmail.com> wrote:

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                                                               CAN  IAS  OFFICERS  FUNCTION  LIKE  REBELS ?

 Of late, some IAS officers are seen and heard criticising the government that they serve. They unhesitatingly participate in debates in television media making critical remarks about the ministers and policies and methods of the government. One wonders what is the “Lakshman Rekha” for these serving IAS  officers who really sound like rebels.

Obviously, Mr. Ashok Khemka  who has become well known by  frequently defying the government, getting transferred and getting huge publicity whenever such transfers occur and readily giving  his views in media and answering  questions from journalists, has raised   questions as to what would be the rights and responsibilities of an IAS officer and whether the service rule permit such rebellious methods. Mr. Khemka has got away with such approach so far, possibly due to the friendly media that support him all the time even without ascertaining the facts  and a government that is unwilling to put its foot down, fearing the media and the so called public opinion.

The fact is that an IAS officer has to obey the orders of the ministers who are voted to power by the people. If he is given an illegal order or an order in which he has no agreement , he is entitled to request the minister to give the order in writing. If the minister would give the order in writing, he has no alternative other than obeying the order, even if he would not agree ; after recording his dissenting note on the file.

Moreover, IAS officer has the responsibility to ensure smooth functioning of the government apparatus by not adopting an approach of confrontation and friction with the minister, by having a “holier than thou” attitude.

People know the happenings in the government only through media. While Mr. Khemka may have his stand, the ministers too may have the stand and every time Mr. Khemka accuses the ministers , the ministers refute such accusations. For the public, there is no real way to know who is right and who is wrong.

In any case, it is absolutely irresponsible and unbecoming of serving IAS officer to give media interviews , criticising the government. The right course open to him is to go to the administrative tribunal, which looks into the issues concerning the IAS officers and give it’s decisions.

Mr. Khemka and some of his similar friends are creating unhealthy precedent which will inevitably weaken the administrative structure and create a new  unhealthy practice and set bad example to the juniors.

Mr. Khemka and his friends should keep in mind that his juniors may also show  similar attitude towards them, due to any right or wrong reasons, learning from them.

 

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Ranga Rao | 4 Apr 00:08 2015
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Re: [IAC#RG] CAN IAS OFFICERS FUNCTION LIKE REBELS ?

So, should Khemka also meet the fate of D K Ravi by not meekly following the orders of his minister howsoever illegal they may be? What prevents any government to initiate disciplinary proceedings against any official if he/she is at fault? Instead, the governments of all hues find it easier to silence or punish the bureaucrats by transferring them while saying, at the same time, that transfer is no punishment. Instead of transferring Khemka 45 times or more, the government could have chargesheeted him and dealt with him severely once and for all if he were so guilty of any misconduct. But governments know they cannot do that for fear of exposure of skeletons in their own cupboards.







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On Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 11:17 AM, Venkatraman Ns <nsvenkatchennai-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
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                                                               CAN  IAS  OFFICERS  FUNCTION  LIKE  REBELS ?

 Of late, some IAS officers are seen and heard criticising the government that they serve. They unhesitatingly participate in debates in television media making critical remarks about the ministers and policies and methods of the government. One wonders what is the “Lakshman Rekha” for these serving IAS  officers who really sound like rebels.

Obviously, Mr. Ashok Khemka  who has become well known by  frequently defying the government, getting transferred and getting huge publicity whenever such transfers occur and readily giving  his views in media and answering  questions from journalists, has raised   questions as to what would be the rights and responsibilities of an IAS officer and whether the service rule permit such rebellious methods. Mr. Khemka has got away with such approach so far, possibly due to the friendly media that support him all the time even without ascertaining the facts  and a government that is unwilling to put its foot down, fearing the media and the so called public opinion.

The fact is that an IAS officer has to obey the orders of the ministers who are voted to power by the people. If he is given an illegal order or an order in which he has no agreement , he is entitled to request the minister to give the order in writing. If the minister would give the order in writing, he has no alternative other than obeying the order, even if he would not agree ; after recording his dissenting note on the file.

Moreover, IAS officer has the responsibility to ensure smooth functioning of the government apparatus by not adopting an approach of confrontation and friction with the minister, by having a “holier than thou” attitude.

People know the happenings in the government only through media. While Mr. Khemka may have his stand, the ministers too may have the stand and every time Mr. Khemka accuses the ministers , the ministers refute such accusations. For the public, there is no real way to know who is right and who is wrong.

In any case, it is absolutely irresponsible and unbecoming of serving IAS officer to give media interviews , criticising the government. The right course open to him is to go to the administrative tribunal, which looks into the issues concerning the IAS officers and give it’s decisions.

Mr. Khemka and some of his similar friends are creating unhealthy precedent which will inevitably weaken the administrative structure and create a new  unhealthy practice and set bad example to the juniors.

Mr. Khemka and his friends should keep in mind that his juniors may also show  similar attitude towards them, due to any right or wrong reasons, learning from them.

 

N.S.Venkataraman

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Gaur J K | 4 Apr 10:31 2015
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RE: [IAC#RG] CAN IAS OFFICERS FUNCTION LIKE REBELS ?

4/4/15
No, they cannot act as a rebel. They have to faithfully implement the policy of the Govt. They have to objectively consider the pros and cons. and point them out, but the final decision rests with the Minister who is elected by the people.
You have correctly stated what is expected of a civil servant and the avenues open to him for redressal of grievances . It is certainly not going to the press. I have been a civil servant for 6 years in the begining of my career though at a junior level.
There is an inherent tendency among senior civil servants to delay decisions for fear of incurring the displea..sure of the superiors or other exterior considerations. The PM had to call a meeting of secretary level officers to work fearlessly. They in turn expressed apprehensions of being victimised under Anti-corruption Rules and have asked for certain amendments. Let us see what amendments the Govt. brings. As it is, Anti corruptions laws have failed in its object as the RTI act has.
Khemka became famous through Vadra land deals. Kejriwal also exploited the same issue. Arent the two chips of the same block.?
And both have gone quiet today on the issue.
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Subject: [IAC#RG] CAN IAS OFFICERS FUNCTION LIKE REBELS ?

To
 India Against Corruption                     

                                                               CAN  IAS  OFFICERS  FUNCTION  LIKE  REBELS ?

 Of late, some IAS officers are seen and heard criticising the government that they serve. They unhesitatingly participate in debates in television media making critical remarks about the ministers and policies and methods of the government. One wonders what is the “Lakshman Rekha” for these serving IAS  officers who really sound like rebels.

Obviously, Mr. Ashok Khemka  who has become well known by  frequently defying the government, getting transferred and getting huge publicity whenever such transfers occur and readily giving  his views in media and answering  questions from journalists, has raised   questions as to what would be the rights and responsibilities of an IAS officer and whether the service rule permit such rebellious methods. Mr. Khemka has got away with such approach so far, possibly due to the friendly media that support him all the time even without ascertaining the facts  and a government that is unwilling to put its foot down, fearing the media and the so called public opinion.

The fact is that an IAS officer has to obey the orders of the ministers who are voted to power by the people. If he is given an illegal order or an order in which he has no agreement , he is entitled to request the minister to give the order in writing. If the minister would give the order in writing, he has no alternative other than obeying the order, even if he would not agree ; after recording his dissenting note on the file.

Moreover, IAS officer has the responsibility to ensure smooth functioning of the government apparatus by not adopting an approach of confrontation and friction with the minister, by having a “holier than thou” attitude.

People know the happenings in the government only through media. While Mr. Khemka may have his stand, the ministers too may have the stand and every time Mr. Khemka accuses the ministers , the ministers refute such accusations. For the public, there is no real way to know who is right and who is wrong.

In any case, it is absolutely irresponsible and unbecoming of serving IAS officer to give media interviews , criticising the government. The right course open to him is to go to the administrative tribunal, which looks into the issues concerning the IAS officers and give it’s decisions.

Mr. Khemka and some of his similar friends are creating unhealthy precedent which will inevitably weaken the administrative structure and create a new  unhealthy practice and set bad example to the juniors.

Mr. Khemka and his friends should keep in mind that his juniors may also show  similar attitude towards them, due to any right or wrong reasons, learning from them.

 

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vijoy Ambasta | 4 Apr 06:15 2015
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RE: [IAC#RG] CAN IAS OFFICERS FUNCTION LIKE REBELS ?

Dear sir
IAS officers allegiance to the constitution of India only and not the minister under whom he is working. If minister errs they will hold his secretary responsible though he has not erred. Where does he go for quick redressal govt procedures are too long and tardy . This is injustice like hanging a criminal after 15  16 yrs of the date crime was committed.
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Subject: [IAC#RG] CAN IAS OFFICERS FUNCTION LIKE REBELS ?

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                                                               CAN  IAS  OFFICERS  FUNCTION  LIKE  REBELS ?

 Of late, some IAS officers are seen and heard criticising the government that they serve. They unhesitatingly participate in debates in television media making critical remarks about the ministers and policies and methods of the government. One wonders what is the “Lakshman Rekha” for these serving IAS  officers who really sound like rebels.

Obviously, Mr. Ashok Khemka  who has become well known by  frequently defying the government, getting transferred and getting huge publicity whenever such transfers occur and readily giving  his views in media and answering  questions from journalists, has raised   questions as to what would be the rights and responsibilities of an IAS officer and whether the service rule permit such rebellious methods. Mr. Khemka has got away with such approach so far, possibly due to the friendly media that support him all the time even without ascertaining the facts  and a government that is unwilling to put its foot down, fearing the media and the so called public opinion.

The fact is that an IAS officer has to obey the orders of the ministers who are voted to power by the people. If he is given an illegal order or an order in which he has no agreement , he is entitled to request the minister to give the order in writing. If the minister would give the order in writing, he has no alternative other than obeying the order, even if he would not agree ; after recording his dissenting note on the file.

Moreover, IAS officer has the responsibility to ensure smooth functioning of the government apparatus by not adopting an approach of confrontation and friction with the minister, by having a “holier than thou” attitude.

People know the happenings in the government only through media. While Mr. Khemka may have his stand, the ministers too may have the stand and every time Mr. Khemka accuses the ministers , the ministers refute such accusations. For the public, there is no real way to know who is right and who is wrong.

In any case, it is absolutely irresponsible and unbecoming of serving IAS officer to give media interviews , criticising the government. The right course open to him is to go to the administrative tribunal, which looks into the issues concerning the IAS officers and give it’s decisions.

Mr. Khemka and some of his similar friends are creating unhealthy precedent which will inevitably weaken the administrative structure and create a new  unhealthy practice and set bad example to the juniors.

Mr. Khemka and his friends should keep in mind that his juniors may also show  similar attitude towards them, due to any right or wrong reasons, learning from them.

 

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