Haryana IAS of­fi­cer quits, cites ‘per­sonal safety on duty’ as rea­son

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE - Press Trust of In­dia let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDI­GARH: A 2014-batch IAS of­fi­cer of the Haryana cadre re­signed on Mon­day, cit­ing ‘per­sonal safety on gov­ern­ment duty’ as the rea­son for it.

The Op­po­si­tion Congress termed her res­ig­na­tion ‘shock­ing’, ask­ing chief min­is­ter Manohar Lal Khat­tar if it was not a “proof of his fail­ure”. Rani Na­gar, 35, cur­rently posted as di­rec­tor, archives de­part­ment, sent her res­ig­na­tion to the state chief sec­re­tary, re­quest­ing to for­ward it to a com­pe­tent author­ity in the Union gov­ern­ment.

Na­gar said she is also send­ing copies of the res­ig­na­tion let­ter to the Pres­i­dent, Prime Min­is­ter, Haryana gov­er­nor and the chief min­is­ter through e-mail. “The rea­son for sub­mit­ting this res­ig­na­tion is the per­sonal safety on gov­ern­ment duty,” she said in a let­ter to the chief sec­re­tary.

“I do hereby most humbly sub­mit to you my res­ig­na­tion from the post of In­dian Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vice with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, that is ef­fec­tive from May 4, 2020, forenoon,” she wrote.

The let­ter was also posted on her Face­book page. She later left Chandi­garh for her home­town Ghazi­abad. Re­cently, Na­gar had posted on her Face­book page that she will re­sign af­ter the coro­n­avirus lock­down was lifted.

In June 2018, Na­gar had ac­cused an ad­di­tional chief sec­re­tary-level bu­reau­crat of ha­rass­ing her, a charge de­nied by the of­fi­cer. In De­cem­ber 2017, when she was posted as the sub­di­vi­sional mag­is­trate of Dabawali in Sirsa district, po­lice had lodged a case of tress­pass against an uniden­ti­fied per­son on her com­plaint. Na­gar had then posted a video on her Face­book page, al­leg­ing that po­lice “failed to ini­ti­ate a prompt ac­tion” on her com­pli­ant.

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