In UP, a new punishment system of killing by setting on fire, casteism…

Five months before he is due to retire, IAS officer S P Singh applies for VRS: ‘Can’t work with current set-up in state’.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: July 25, 2015 12:22:26 am
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After criticising the state government on various issues and posting his ‘radical’ opinions on Facebook for over six months, Principal Secretary (Public Enterprises) Surya Pratap Singh has sought voluntary retirement from service (VRS) from the Akhilesh government. Reason cited: It was not possible for him to work with dedication in the existing administrative set up of the state.

A 1982-batch IAS officer, Singh had sent his VRS application to Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan on Thursday. He is due to retire from service in December.

In his application letter, Singh has said that administrative system was in a dreadful situation in economically, socially and politically backward state of UP, where a major section of bureaucracy was divided on the lines of caste and political inclination.

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“There is a new way of teaching lessons in today’s Uttar Pradesh… Here is a new judicial system where courts are not required. A new definition has been written for punishment against protest. Is our Uttar Pradesh progressing towards Uttam Pradesh… or is influenced by appeasement for votebank or unconcerned administration system… empty exchequer, deteriorating law and order, women and children crying due to sexual harassment… New punishment system of killing by setting on fire, casteism, regionalism, pseudo secularism… Have these things not made the state Ulta-Pulta Pradesh? Sir, please tell me,” he asked Ranjan.

Claiming that tenders are allotted according to ministers’ wishes, he said: “FIRs by public are not being lodged. Even petty works are not being done without references.”

Singh alleged that ministers are busy transferring and posting officers and employees to extort money. “Transfer and promotion on the basis of caste is demoralising employees and generating a feeling of inferiority complex and lack of faith. I have been transferred in seven departments in the last two years. Adverse effect of frequent transfer of principal secretary-level officers on policy decisions is obvious but nobody cares,” he wrote.

He claimed that among top politicians, 54 per cent have criminal background and their participation in policy matters is negligible, as they were not well educated. “They do not consult the principal secretary or civil servants and take decisions on their own. This has created a system in which politicians and bureaucrats have joined hands. It has dismantled the system conceptualised by Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel… Now, self interest comes first and public interest is ignored,” he said.

Singh said the hierarchy system has been dismantled in UP and senior officers, instead of guiding juniors in case of a mistake, prefer to transfer or suspend them to appease political mentors. Civil Services Board was almost dead in UP and board members approve proposals of transfers like puppets, he claimed.

Claiming that insult of district magistrates, divisional commissioners and senior police officers in public is common, Singh said: “Bureaucracy is so demoralised that officers cannot deliver their best because of short term postings and frequent transfers.”

“I have seen the decline in administrative set up of UP in the last 10 to 15 years. It started in 2000 and is at its peak now. At least two dozen IAS, IPS and IFS officers are being transferred every week. In the last 15 years, 200 IAS, IPS and IFS officers were suspended and 105 of them were from UP,” Singh wrote while adding that district magistrates were being directed to increase sale of liquor and government was issuing orders to help the ‘liquor syndicate’.

“At least eight incidents of rape and 11 murders happen in UP daily… More than 40,000 violent crimes, over 2,000 rapes and over 5,000 murders had occurred in the state last year. Five out of 10 most unsafe places in the country are from UP,” he alleged.

Singh, while claiming that public has lost faith in police, following reports that sub-inspectors of one particular section have been posted in police stations, said while the government shows concern for women safety, reality was different. Without taking any name, he referred SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s statement on rape cases — “Ladke, ladke hain. galti ho jati hai (Boys will be boys. they commit mistakes)”.

Singh claimed that political and administrative scenario in UP was heading towards ‘niji-hitay — nijis sukhay’ from ‘sarvjan hitay-sarvjan sukhay’.

When contacted, Singh said he had decided to take VRS after finding that environment in the state was not favourable for officers to perform. “Those who want to deliver, have been marginalised. I have expressed my opinion in the letter,” he added.

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