senior disaster risk management specialist at the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery under the ministry of petroleum and natural gas. But he failed to return to India and join back the government the following year. The DoPT probably used informal channels to find out his joining a private sector job before processing his file for deemed resignation. A notification dated March 31, 2015, says as follows: “Shri Prashant, a member of the Indian Administrative Service, borne on the Cadre of (WB:1988) is deemed to have resigned from the Indian Administrative Service with immediate effect in terms of rule 7(2)(c) of the All India Services (Leave) Rules, 1955.”
An MA in history, Prashant originally hails from Bihar and got the West Bengal cadre. In late 1990s, he was district magistrate in North Dinajpur district. Later, he was director first in the department of revenue and then in the department of economic affairs (DEA) – both under the ministry of finance.
In 2006, he went to US for a 26-week-long training programme.
In 2008-09, he was the chief vigilance officer (CVO) in Oil India Ltd before joining in Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery in Washington.
Prashant is, however, not the only officer who has gone abroad and chosen greener pasture.
LV Nilesh, a 1991 batch Maharashtra cadre IAS, for example, was on unauthorized leave since June 2001. A post graduate in computer science, Nilesh was on study leave between 1991 and 2001. But he had never joined the service, according to records available with DoPT. On July 12, 2012, the government notified that Nilesh is “deemed to have resigned from IAS” and sent the notification to the manager, Government of India press for publication. When BoI published the news, an anonymous reader posted a comment saying that Nilesh had joined Microsoft in US way back.
But the question arises how come the Government of India in this era of technology took 12 years to figure out that the officer was still on an unauthorized leave, and actions needed to be taken under 7(2) of the All India Services (Leave) Rules, 1955. Also, 1999 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS Anil Yadav is deemed to have resigned from IAS.