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UP IAS officers rally behind suspended officer

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Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: July 30, 2013 4:21:48 am

The suspension of 2010-batch IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal has brought IAS officers in UP together — after a long time — to protest a government move. Raising their voice against Nagpal’s suspension,they have demanded reinstatement of the 28-year-old officer who clamped down on sand mining mafia as Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Gautam Buddh Nagar.

Representatives of UP IAS officers’ association met officiating Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan Monday morning at his office and requested that the government revoke her suspension.

“The officers were assured that the issue would be taken up with the Chief Minister once he returns,” said Partha Sarthi Sensharma,Secretary,UP IAS officers’ association,after the meeting. CM Akhilesh Yadav is in Karnataka at present.

Some officers said “proper procedure” was not followed while suspending Nagpal. She was neither given time to explain herself nor was there any adverse report against her from her seniors,including the District Magistrate (DM) of Gautam Buddh Nagar,they added.

“Never before have we heard that an officer who has been in field for hardly about 10 months has been suspended without giving any notice. Be it an IAS officer or even a section officer,he or she is asked for an explanation first,” said a senior IAS officer.

The officer pointed out more anomalies as they underlined that Nagpal is being victimised. “The government says she was suspended on the ground that demolition of a mosque’s wall disturbed communal harmony in the area. There should have been an adverse report report against her by the District Magistrate (DM),which is not the case,” said the officer.

Officers also felt if the government did not revoke her suspension,it would send out a wrong message to the cadre that “land mafias” and “mining mafias” cannot be touched.

A senior officer said: “We generally expect such enthusiasm against illegal activities from young officers; all of us are of the view that the government was wrong in suspending her just on the recommendation of some influential political people.”

As SDM of Gautam Buddh Nagar,it was Nagpal’s first posting that she was given 10 months ago. With an engineering background,she has also done BTech in computer science from Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology,Delhi. While she was little-known in the cadre,some young officers said she was being noticed for the way she was taking on illegal sand mining.

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