Raids strike fear

Gone are the days when IAS officers were relaxed and convinced that nobody can dare to touch them. There have been income tax, CBI, and Enforcement Directorate (ED) raids on the premises of IAS officers in Noida, Kerala, Maharashtra, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. Surprisingly, the agencies have dug out stashed cash in millions, properties, luxury cars, and jewelry. After the raids on Hriday Shankar Tewari in Noida, UP IAS officers are living in fear. There are many IAS, IPS officers who have earned millions when they served in the Akhilesh Yadav regime. Most of the corrupt, dishonest and incompetent IAS, IPS officers’ names are in public domain in Lucknow especially that of a lady secretary in the PWD department. Also raided was Rajiv Arora, a 1987-batch IAS officer of the Haryana cadre, in connection with the money laundering probe in the `1,500-crore alleged illegal land acquisition in Gurgaon’s Manesar area. The other officials raided by ED include Surjit Singh, Chief Town Planner and Director Planning of the HSIIDC, and retired IAS officer DR Dhingra, who served as Director of Industry and Commerce in Haryana government. The Bihar government has, meanwhile, issued show-cause notices to over a dozen IAS officers and District Magistrates, asking them under whose permission they left the headquarters to participate in a meeting on February 26 and form a human chain outside Raj Bhavan. The officers have been asked to respond within three days. Over 50 IAS officers, including secretaries of several departments and District Magistrates, had protested against the arrest of Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) chairman and senior IAS officer Sudhir Kumar in connection with the question paper leak scam. All these incidents have impacted the morale of even those officers who are hardworking and upright.

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In Gupta’s defence

There is widespread anguish among serving and retired civil servants on the issue of a two-year jail term for retired coal secretary HC Gupta along with two serving IAS officers-KS Kropha, 1982 batch IAS and former joint secretary in coal ministry and current Meghalaya chief secretary, and KC Samria, 1993 batch IAS and the then director in coal ministry-in coal block allocation case during the UPA regime. Not only the IAS Association but most of the senior secretaries are analysing the impact on the day-to-day working within the government. Anil Swarup, a 1981-batch IAS officer of the UP cadre and Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, has expressed his opinion on social networking sites. Mr. Swarup raised a fundamental issue of governance, “The interpretation of the system of working of committees as apparently interpreted in this case, implying that Chairman is personally responsible for all aspects of the functioning of a committee as also it’s decisions, will strike at the root of the system of governance in this country, starting from the functioning of the Committee of Secretaries downward.” Swarup further defended, “Shri Gupta’s integrity, competence and sense of what is right, combined with his innate morality, modesty and generosity, have made him a role model for many a public servant. This is the reason for the widespread sense of disbelief that a person like him could be placed in a position, which has driven him to take this extreme step of opting to go to jail.” Some IAS officers said publicly, if Gupta could go to jail, “then most of us should be behind bars”. Further, former Chief Election Commissioner and Gupta’s batchmate Dr SY Quraishi tweeted: “HC Gupta is one of the most honest officers who lived like a sadhu. Pained to see how he is being treated.”

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Perplexed civil servants

There has been discussion in the civil services over the so-called 360 degree profiling that the Modi government has opted for where feedback from colleagues plays a critical role in promotion and appointment of officers. And of late, civil servants serving with Central Government are perplexed by the way the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is issuing orders about the appointments of secretaries to the Central Ministries. The procedure till now was that each month, the DoPT appoints secretaries whenever the senior batches are exhausted and/or a vacancy arises. Currently, IAS officers from the 1978 to 1984 batch are serving as secretaries. Senior officers have observed that some 1982 and 1983 batch IAS officers are still serving as Special Secretaries and Additional Secretaries and are waiting for their postings as Secretary. But DoPT has just appointed 1984 batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre Dr. Anant Kumar Singh as Secretary Textiles. The Modi government has opted to break from tradition in selecting its next set of secretaries by opting to empanel officers from the 1984 and 1985 batches in one go. For instance, 17 officers from the 1984 batch have been empanelled as full­time secretaries, while there are 20 from 1985. In contrast, 31 made it as secretaries from the 1983 batch, while another 11 were given secretary­ equivalent grade. From the 1982 batch, 28 officers had become secretaries when the first list was released, and eight were given the rank and pay of secretaries. In the past, the norm was to appoint those with less than two years of service to posts that were secretary ­equivalent. This time, however, the government has opted to designate some with just around 18 months to go as full­time secretaries, while some officers who have three­ years to retire will serve the remainder of their tenure as “secretary­ equivalent“, running the risk of reporting to their juniors in the years to come.

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PERSPECTIVE

For a seamless life

MUCH has been written about how the world perceives a guru. The modern world is capable of both extremes-ardent devotion at one end and open hostility at the other. But how does a guru perceive the world? I was once asked this question at a satsang. The answer is simple. When I am walking down a street, I am capable of seeing everyone around me as a regular person-the way everyone else does. But when I sit as a guru, I don’t see any people at all. I see just outcrops of earth within which I see just small puffs of energy.

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Typist to a tycoon

AN adolescent, whose family was reduced to penury due to the unfortunate partition of India, with a 10th pass certificate and typing skill, landed in a shabby port town. The rag to riches story of this gentleman perfectly matches with that of the town where he landed. A one-street town devoid of all the present attractions and facilities is today’s shining modern city Dubai and the adolescent, an office assistant of ITL, is now its co-owner. Yes, he is none other than Ram Buxani, the former chairman of the India club and IndusInd bank.

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