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Dissent simmers among babus as Hooda’s ‘no retirees’ policy continues

As Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda goes ahead with its unwritten “no retirees policy”—- Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Chaudhery was granted six-month extension Saturday —- discontent is simmering among the top bureaucrats in Haryana.

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As Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda goes ahead with its unwritten “no retirees policy”—- Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Chaudhery was granted six-month extension Saturday —- discontent is simmering among the top bureaucrats in Haryana.

The babus are peeved at the way the government is rehabilitating retired officers thus depriving them of the opportunity to prove themselves. Since 2005,Hooda government has adjusted,re-employed and extended the tenure of more than 30 IAS and IPS officers. An equal number of middle rung employees in the secretariat too have been given extension in service.

The middle rung officers are already up in the arms and had served an ultimatum on the government to avoid the policy any further. Senior IAS officers too are now talking in hushed tones.

“This is ridiculous. You are giving one retired officer an opportunity to boast that ‘my government trusts me’,but what about the others ? This is as if the government does not believe in others,” said a senior officer.

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The state government is already in a dilemma over a three-month extension to CM’s principal secretary Chhatar Singh. Hooda had asked the Cetre to extend Singh’s service tenure by six months but when no approval came he re-employed the officer for three months,a decision well within his powers. With his tenure ending in a few days,and with no confirmation from Centre on his further extension,Singh will have to let go the post. But he may be adjusted in some advisory capacity.

Prior to Chaudhery,Hooda had adjusted five former chief secretaries. G. Madhvan was the first to be retired under Hooda and he was appointed Chief Information Commissioner. Later on Meenaxi Anand Chaudhary and her sister Urvashi Gulati also landed in information commission’s office from the office of Chief Secretary. Another Chief Secretary,Prem Prashant,was made member of Administrative Tribunal whereas Dharam Vir became the State Election Commissioner.

First published on: 01-07-2013 at 04:15 IST
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