|An IAS officer is seen holding an umbrella for Maharashtra CM|
10 divisional commissioners, nine district magistrates and principal secretaries and senior officials who gathered in that meeting in Lucknow. According to a report published in The Indian Express, a private organization arranged this event named ‘Manch 2015’. Thirty development models from across the country were handpicked out of which 25 were selected for implementation in Uttar Pradesh.
The question may come, how can a chief minister of a state make things “disastrous” for an IAS officer who is a part of permanent bureaucracy? But those who understand neta-babu relations well, will say, a bureaucrat can be transferred frequently, or he or she may not be given an inconsequential posting and thereby demoralize and demotivate.
Then, here is another story. Should a well-meaning bureaucrat come down to any level to make his political boss happy? Look at this photo that went viral in social media last weekend. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is seen smiling, and the man who is holding the umbrella is a senior IAS officer at the rank of a principal secretary. The officer has a masters degree from London School of Economics and has experiences of working with the World Bank!
Many in the social media site Twitter question Fadnavis: Is he a “CM or Peshwa”?
But many others point out a more shocking aspect of the story -- the IAS officer’s servitude. “Isiliye IAS bane thai (did you become an IAS for this?)” someone questions the officer, quite rightly.