Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Punjab IAS officer’s BJP entry runs into row


- Ravinder Vasudeva letters@hindustant­imes.com

Punjab IAS officer Parampal Kaur Sidhu’s entry into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday ran into a controvers­y after chief minister Bhagwant Mann said the state government has not accepted her resignatio­n.

Sidhu, the daughter-in-law of senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Sikandar Singh Maluka, joined the BJP in the presence of Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and its national general secretary Vinod Tawde in the national capital. She is likely to be fielded by the BJP from Bathinda Lok Sabha seat against three-term sitting lawmaker and former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal of the SAD.

“Parampal Kaur ji’s resignatio­n as IAS officer has not been accepted by the Punjab government... Bib aji(Sidhu)wa sin such a hurry to become an IAS... but there is some procedure to leave. Please understand the procedure for resigning. Otherwise, your entire earnings may be at risk,” Mann said in a post in Punjabi on X, shortly after the IAS officer joined the BJP.

A 2011-batch IAS officer, Sidhu had put in her papers a few days back and her resignatio­n was sent to chief minister by the chief secretary for his approval. Sidhu, who was posted as managing director of the Punjab State Industrial Corporatio­n, was to retire in October this year.

Union minister Puri in Delhi said her resignatio­n was accepted on Wednesday. It is learnt through sources as well that the Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT ), which is the competent authority, accepted her resignatio­n on Wednesday.

As per the DoPT guidelines, an IAS officer, while serving in his/her cadre, is required to submit his/her resignatio­n to the chief secretary, and the central government is the competent authority for accepting the resignatio­n. The state cadre needs to take into considerat­ion outstandin­g dues and the officer’s vigilance status while forwarding the resignatio­n to the central government. “Resignatio­n tendered by the member of service will be considered by the competent authority i.e. the central government only after obtaining the recommenda­tion of the concerned cadre,” read the guidelines issued by the DoPT.

According to a retired chief secretary, the Centre is not bound to wait for the state’s recommenda­tion to accept any IAS or IPS officers’ resignatio­n.

“As far as the rules are concerned, there is nothing that prevents the Centre to accept VRS request of any IAS even if he or she wants to resign immediatel­y. There have been number of precedence­s in Punjab when IAS or IPS quit jobs and joined politics within days,” said the former top bureaucrat.

 ?? HT PHOTO ?? Punjab IAS officer Parampal Kaur Maluka (C) with BJP leaders Vinod Tawde (R) and Hardeep Singh Puri in New Delhi.
HT PHOTO Punjab IAS officer Parampal Kaur Maluka (C) with BJP leaders Vinod Tawde (R) and Hardeep Singh Puri in New Delhi.

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