Wednesday, August 12, 2009
All about Maya & Mamata: Babus under pressure in UP; Rly officials in deputation may not get extension
IAS and IPS officials occupying key posts in Uttar Pradesh are continuing to work under severe strain as they could be the next scapegoats for anything that goes wrong in chief minister Mayawati’s fiefdom. Whereas random transfer has become a common tool in the state to punish officials, chief minister has now said that senior officers including superintendent of police and deputy inspector generals would now be held accountable if the law and order situation in UP does not improve. Though the dictate sounds fine at the theoretical level, officials in the state feel that this could be yet another weapon to punish officials who are not toeing chief minister’s political line. The only good takeaway from the chief minister Mayawati’s recent initiative is the creation of another post of an additional director general of police (law and order). Now, ADG Brij Lal will look into law and order in west UP, whereas ADG AK Jain will take charge of eastern districts of the state. Only two days ago, 16 officials, including three senior IAS officers, were suspended for their alleged involvement in the irregularities in the allotment of plots to hospitality groups in Noida for building hotels for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The case is under investigation. Read "All about Maya: IAS, IPS face transfers in UP" posted on May 25, 2009. Meanwhile, railway officials posted on deputation are fearing of an early comeback to their parent ministry as railway minister Mamata Banerjee may not allow them to continue on deputation beyond their three years term. Though most officials usually manage an extension of their deputation up to five years, officers on deputation are concerned of a new rule that may stop railway officers to continue on deputation beyond three years. babu blogger has learnt that Ms Banerjee had already rejected a few cases of extension beyond three years for which parent department’s permission is mandatory.