A senior IAS officer has questioned the role of Uttar Pradesh IAS Association in the state while pointing fingers at the conduct of IAS officers. Himanshu Kumar,in a letter to the association chairman,has also questioned as to why is it that only senior members of the association hold critical posts in the government.
The association was in the news recently for raising voice against the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal.
A 1990-batch IAS officer,Kumar is Secretary,Finance in UP government.
In his letter to association chairman Alok Ranjan,he asks: Senior members of the association and none else hold critical posts in government,what is the relevance of the association agitating or petitioning before government?
According to sources,the issue came up during an executive meeting of the IAS association on October 15. But Ranjan said: There were other larger issues to be discussed. We will discuss this letter at the general body meeting.
An officer said Kumar,during the meeting,cited examples of Nagpal and another case of stamp duty exemption to a private company to drive home the point that senior officers should have cited right rules in the two cases.
He also suggested formation of professional responsibility and internal accountability committees in the association,which can take action on defaulting officers.
Wherever the association is aggrieved over a particular policy or decision,it must first examine the role played by its members,who processed the file pertaining to the said policy or decision Kumar wrote,adding,This means,examining,whether the officer concerned wrote out the correct position as per rules and law as also the merits of the case
He also suggested that members of the association must be called to explain their conduct to the association.
Though Kumar doesnt take any name in his letter but it may be mentioned that during the period of Nagpals suspension,Ranjan was the officiating Chief Secretary of the state. At present,he holds two significant government posts Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner and Agricultural Production Commissioner.
Himanshu Kumar came into limelight last year when as Sales Tax commissioner he had identified about 30 corrupt officers in his department and recommended vigilance inquiry against them.