PM NOD MUST TO REMOVE IAS OFFICERS
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.”