Monday, November 10, 2014

Basavaraju will be Dr B Basavaraaju; 4 IAS change names in 6 months, but why?

1988 batch Karnataka cadre IAS Basavaraju has become the fourth officer of Indian Administrative Service since June this year to change his name. In an order dated November 7, the government permitted Basavaraju to change his name to Dr B Basavaraaju for “all official purposes”.  Earlier...
, Dr KS Palanisami was allowed to change his name to Dr KS Palanisamy. Palanisamy is a Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer of 2010 batch.
In July this year, the government permitted additional secretary-ranked officer Bhaskar Chandra Khulbe to drop his middle name, "Chandra". Khulbe is a 1983 batch West Bengal cadre IAS who had earlier worked with the ministry of home affairs (MHA), cabinet secretariat and also in personnel department, DoPT. Earlier, in the month of June, the government permitted 38-year-old Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer’s name from F Innocent Divya to J Innocent Divya.
Though name change for IAS officers is allowed according to prior permission from cadre controlling authority, DoPT, it is quite intriguing why four IAS officers choose to change their names in a short span of less than six months. As reported in an earlier article, a government official posted this following comment on BoI: “I know one officer whose name is TPVSS Rao. Strangely with every new posting he would become Sekhar Rao or SS Rao or TP Rao. We used to call him A to Z Rao.”
Dr B Basavaraaju, the latest IAS officer to change name, is an MSc in agriculture. He served as deputy commissioner in Karnataka’s districts of Chitradurga and Mysore. He was also the managing director in Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). Then, he became principal secretary, first in culture department and then in revenue department. He is retiring in June 2019.
But the question arises: Will this pace of name change -- 4 IAS officers in 6 months – continue in months to come? If yes, DoPT must take this trend seriously, and analyse the reasons that have provoked senior bureaucrats to change their names.

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