NEW DELHI: It is a well known fact that the Indian politicians suspend an officer against them stating a wrong cause, if he or she is found to be too sincere which harms their own interests or benefits. IAS officers Durga Sakthi Nagpal of Uttar Pradesh and Ashok Kheme of Haryana, are the latest victims of the ‘political anguish’.
Making a note of it, the Central Government has constituted a reveiw committee with DopT secretary as the Chairman, to look into existing rules governing IAS and IPS officers. Accordingly, the committee has come up with a few amendments to the existing service policy of the officers appointed by the Central Government, which ultimately provides immunity against the local politicians.
As per the new amendment proposed by the committee, the State government has to inform the Central Government about the suspension of an IAS or IPS officer within 48 hours of it doing so. The committee had also demanded a fully filled form which explains the cause of suspension.
On the other hand, the review committee had also cut down the period of suspension of an IAS officer to two months from three months. Even if the suspensions is extended, an IAS can be suspended only for a maximum period of four months, instead of six months as stated in the earlier rules.
Though the rules state that the state government has to inform the DopT over the suspension of an IAS or IPS officer. Prime Minister is the actual head of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which means that the state governments are indirectly informing their decision of suspending an IAS to the Prime Minister.