1. Ashok Khemka, 1991 batch Haryana cadre IAS who took on Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra on a land deal, commented on Madhya Pradesh’s Vyapam scam last week. “Vyapam deaths point to worse and scarier scenario than the Sicilian mafia. Stop the rot in public appointments. Supreme Court must step in,” he tweeted last Tuesday. Vyapam is an admission and recruitment scam that involves politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen in BJP-ruled state of Madhya Pradesh. Significantly, Khemka is the secretary and director general of Archaeology and Museums department of government of Haryana, a state currently being ruled by the BJP.
2. Former IAS officer Shailaja Chandra who calls herself an independent policy analyst and “always apolitical” asked thsi query on Tuesday: “You know why I am happy today?” Then she continued: “Because we have a few Supreme Court judges left who treat a crime as a crime no matter how high culprits are.” She was apparently commenting on the IPL (Indian Premier League) verdict by the Supreme Court-appointed panel which barred two IPL teams, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, from participating in the game for two years.
3. Niharika Rai, an IAS officer of 2005 batch, currently serving as DM and DC of South Delhi, tweeted this last Saturday, the day Delhi witnessed massive downpour. “Pl call 1077,our disaster mgt helpline in case of any water logging, flooding or buildings getting dangerous for habitation in this weather.” DCP of North Delhi Madhur Verma too issued a similar statement in social media.
4. And then what former shipping secretary and 1974 batch retired Kerala cadre IAS K Mohandas saw in London? “A facet of London I had never seen: strike on London tube; total dislocation of public transport. And nonchalant acceptance by the people,” he tweeted last Thursday.
5. IAS (Central) Association on Monday tweeted: “We strongly condemn threats and intimidation to police officers and civil servants. False cases against Amitabh Thakur is travesty of justice.” Thakur is a 1992 batch IPS officer against whom an FIR was registered on a rape charge, just a day after the IPS officer had lodged a police complaint against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for threatening him. But is IPS (Central) Association on the same page with the IAS Association on this issue?