PM NOD MUST TO RE­MOVE IAS OF­FI­CERS

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NEW DELHI: Any In­dian Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vice (IAS) of­fi­cer work­ing un­der the cen­tral gov­ern­ment can be sus­pended only with ap­proval from Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, new ser­vice rules said on Wed­nes­day, a move aimed at al­low­ing bu­reau­crats to work with­out fear of po­lit­i­cal back­lash.

The amended norms also pro­vided re­lief to all-In­dia ser­vice – IAS, IPS and IFoS – per­son­nel work­ing with state gov­ern­ments, say­ing the Cen­tre needed to be in­formed within 48 hours of the sus­pen­sion of any of­fi­cer, and a de­tailed re­port has to be sub­mit­ted within a fort­night. The changes as­sume sig­nif­i­cance in the light of a slew of al­le­ga­tions by of­fi­cers such as Ashok Khemka, Durga Shakti Nag­pal and Kuldip Narayan that they have been tar­geted with ar­bi­trary sus­pen­sions and trans­fers by po­lit­i­cal regimes for dis­charg­ing their duty.

“The gov­ern­ment’s aim is to erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion from the bu­reau­cracy and we also wish to pro­vide of­fi­cer-friendly en­vi­ron­ment so that none of the of­fi­cers is in­tim­i­dated by any of the gov­ern­ment rules and give their per­for­mance,” min­is­ter of state for per­son­nel, pub­lic griev­ances and pen­sions Ji­ten­dra Singh told PTI.

“The new rules will also en­cour­age hon­est of­fi­cers and en­sure jus­tice for all.”

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