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In Ut­tarak­hand, bu­reau­crats call the shots even af­ter their re­tire­ment. It seems they sim­ply don’t re­tire but make tran­si­tion from one job to an­other. A Bu­reau­cracy To­day re­port.

Bureaucracy Today - - Inside Information - By M Ab­hin

In Ut­tarak­hand, bu­reau­crats call the shots even af­ter their re­tire­ment. It seems they sim­ply don’t re­tire but make tran­si­tion from one job to an­other.

Many IAS of­fi­cers who re­tire in Ut­tarak­hand are again able to get new post­ings, thanks to the benev­o­lence shown by sub­se­quent Gov­ern­ments. Some IPS and PCS of­fi­cers have also been reap­pointed or given ex­ten­sions af­ter their re­tire­ment in the State. Be­sides money and perks like of­fi­cial cars, bun­ga­lows, home of­fices and staff on duty, reap­point­ment brings with it­self the con­tin­u­a­tion of of­fi­cial pres­tige and pow­ers.

Many boards and au­thor­i­ties have been set up in Ut­tarak­hand which have re­tired IAS or PCS of­fi­cers as their heads or mem­bers. Grapevine is that these re­tired bu­reau­crats are ac­com­mo­dated in these po­si­tions to keep their sta­tus and perks in­tact.

So­cial ac­tivists have op­posed such ap­point­ments say­ing that in­stead of ap­point­ing the re­tired of­fi­cials, the Gov­ern­ment should give chance to oth­ers in the line. They also al­lege a sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship be­tween politi­cians and bu­reau­crats for this pur­pose.

In Novem­ber 2015, there was a con- fronta­tion be­tween the Cen­tral and State Gov­ern­ments when the Cen­tre re­jected the Har­ish Rawat Gov­ern­ment’s move of reap­point­ing Chief Sec­re­tary Rakesh Sharma to the post af­ter his re­tire­ment.

Sharma, an IAS of­fi­cer of the 1981 batch, had as­sumed the charge of the Ut­tarak­hand Chief Sec­re­tary in July 2015. He re­tired from the post on Oc­to­ber 31 in the same year. The State Gov­ern­ment sought the Cen­tre’s nod to reap­point him in the same post. Mean­while, the Har­ish Rawat Gov­ern­ment reap­pointed Sharma as Chief Sec­re­tary for the next three months us­ing spe­cial pow­ers. How­ever, the Cen­tre ob­jected to the move say­ing that the ex­ten­sion of the ten­ure of the Chief Sec­re­tary vests with the Union Gov­ern­ment.

As this is­sue cre­ated a con­fronta­tion be­tween the State and Cen­tral Gov­ern­ments, the Ut­tarak­hand Gover­nor ap­pointed Sharma as Chief Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary to the Chief Min­is­ter. In­sid­ers say that this was done to keep his po­si­tion and sta­tus in­tact. In April 2016, Sharma was re­moved from the post when the State went un­der Pres­i­dent’s rule.

The for­mer Ut­tarak­hand Chief Sec­re­tary, Dr RS Toliya, an IAS of­fi­cer of the 1971 batch, was ap­pointed as Chief Sec­re­tary of Ut­tarak­hand in 2003. Dr Toliya re­tired from the post of Chief Sec­re­tary in 2005 af­ter a two-year stint but was im­me­di­ately

In Ut­tarak­hand, com­mis­sions such as the State In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sion & the En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion have be­come the choices of bu­reau­crats who are near­ing re­tire­ment. Such bu­reau­crats are seen lob­by­ing for get­ting posts in these de­part­ments as they have match­ing perks and sta­tus.

given the charge of In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner of Ut­tarak­hand, a post he held from 2005 to 2010. “Dr Toliya’s ap­point­ment in the In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sion paved the way for the ap­point­ment of other re­tired bu­reau­crats in this agency,” an of­fi­cial tells Bu­reau­cracy To­day.

SE­NIOR OF­FI­CER SUPERSEDED

Dur­ing the ten­ure of the then Chief Min­is­ter, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nis­hank’, Sub­hash Ku­mar was made Ut­tarak­hand Chief Sec­re­tary and Ajay Joshi who was se­nior to him was made Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Ut­tarak­hand Ad­min­is­tra­tive Acad­emy in Naini­tal. This was the first time that a se­nior of­fi­cial was vir­tu­ally superseded and Joshi moved the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal against this treat­ment.

Later, Alok Ku­mar Jain was made Chief Sec­re­tary. Af­ter the change of regime, Vi­jay Bahuguna be­came Ut­tarak­hand Chief Min­is­ter and he brought back Sub­hash Ku­mar as Chief Sec­re­tary once again. This was a sin­gu­lar in­stance when a Chief Sec­re­tary who had been re­moved pre­vi­ously was re­in­stated in the same post by the CM.

SK Dass who was the Chief Sec­re­tary of the State was ap­pointed as Chair­man of the Ut­tarak­hand Pub­lic Ser­vices Com­mis­sion af­ter his re­tire­ment. Indu Ku­mar Pandey who also held the cov­eted post of Chief Sec­re­tary was ap­pointed as Fi­nan­cial Ad­vi­sor to the Chief Sec­re­tary af­ter his re­tire­ment. Alok Ku­mar Jain was ap­pointed as Com­mis­sioner of the Rights to Ser­vices Com­mis­sion. On his re­tire­ment, Sub­hash Ku­mar who had been ap­pointed as Chief Sec­re­tary twice was made Chair­man of the Ut­tarak­hand En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion.

For­mer Chief Sec­re­tary NS Na­palchyal was ap­pointed as Chief In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner and later as Chair­man of the Com­mit­tee for Giv­ing Boost to Ap­point­ment of Trib­als in Gov­ern­ment Jobs.

Ku­maon Com­mis­sioner Av­nen­dara Singh Nayal who re­tired in July 2016 has been reap­pointed as Di­rec­tor of the Ut­tarak­hand Ad­min­is­tra­tive Acad­emy.

It is not that only IAS of­fi­cers are get­ting Gov­ern­ment post­ings af­ter their re­tire­ment in the State. VS Dhanik who re­tired from the post of So­cial Wel­fare Di­rec­tor in July 2016 has been given an ex­ten­sion for six months. This has led to mur­murs in bu­reau­cratic cir­cles as he is the first per­son in this post to get an ex­ten­sion from the Gov­ern­ment.

TD Vela who re­tired as Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice in July 2016 has been sent to Ka­shipur and given an ex­ten­sion for one year. Even a Po­lice In­spec­tor, Ma­hen­dra Singh Negi, has been given an ex­ten­sion for one year af­ter his re­tire­ment and is now posted in the Roorkie Kot­wali. The ten­ure of the Ad­di­tional Di­rec­tor of Tourism, AK Dwivedi, has also been ex­tended by the Gov­ern­ment. Re­tired IAS of­fi­cer Man­jul Ku­mar

Joshi has been made Mem­ber of the Co­op­er­a­tive Tri­bunal. Re­tired IAS of­fi­cer DK Kotiya has been given a post­ing in the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal. NK Joshi has been made Ad­vi­sor in the Rev­enue Coun­cil. Re­tired IAS of­fi­cer Jaidev Singh has been made Mem­ber of the Pub­lic Ser­vices Com­mis­sion.

TREND NOT JUS­TI­FIED

The Ut­tarak­hand Kranti Dal has been op­pos­ing the trend of reap­point­ing re­tired bu­reau­crats. The party feels that this is not jus­ti­fied in a State like Ut­tarak­hand which has a few re­sources and lacks money for its de­vel­op­ment works.

“This trend puts added stress on the ex­che­quer and is not good for our State,” says the pres­i­dent of the Ut­tarak­hand Kranti Dal, Push­pesh Tri­pathi. He says this is part of a nexus be­tween the bu­reau­crats and politi­cians of the State. He also ac­cuses the bu­reau­crats of call­ing the shots in the State and dic­tat­ing the moves of Min­is­ters con­cerned to their ad­van­tage.

In Ut­tarak­hand, com­mis­sions such as the State In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sion and the En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion have be­come the choices of bu­reau­crats who are near­ing re­tire­ment. Such bu­reau­crats are seen lob­by­ing for get­ting posts in these de­part­ments as they have match­ing perks and sta­tus.

Ob­servers opine that most of the times, post-re­tire­ment ap­point­ments of bu­reau­crats are ac­tu­ally re­wards for the favours ex­tended by them to their po­lit­i­cal bosses while they were in of­fice. Such ap­point­ments, they say, break the morale of serv­ing of­fi­cers.

Mean­while, the list of re­tired bu­reau­crats get­ting reap­pointed con­tin­ues to get big­ger in Ut­tarak­hand. Re­tired IAS of­fi­cer Ram Singh has been made Mem­ber of the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal, while Ajay Singh Nabiyal, also a re­tired IAS of­fi­cer, has been ap­pointed as Mem­ber of the Po­lice Com­plaints Author­ity. Sim­i­larly, re­tired IAS of­fi­cer PS Jang­pangi has been made Mem­ber of the Rev­enue Coun­cil.

Har­isH rawat, Chief Min­is­ter, Ut­tarak­hand

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