Babus want ap­praisals done be­fore 11 Dec

They are afraid of a change in gov­ern­ment when re­sults are in.

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

The IAS and IPS of­fi­cers, who are posted in Mad­hya Pradesh and Ch­hat­tis­garh, have re­quested their re­spec­tive Chief Min­is­ters to write their “an­nual con­fi­den­tial re­ports” (ACRs) be­fore 11 De­cem­ber, when the re­sults of the Assem­bly elec­tions in the two states will be an­nounced.

As per rules, Chief Min­is­ters per­son­ally re­view the ACRs of Un­der-Sec­re­taries, Deputy Sec­re­taries, Joint Sec­re­taries and Ad­di­tional Sec­re­taries who are at­tached to the Chief Sec­re­tary, apart from the ACRs of Ad­di­tional Chief Sec­re­taries, Com­mis­sion­ers, Sec­re­taries and other high rank­ing of­fi­cers hold­ing in­de­pen­dent charge of ad­min­is­tra­tive de­part­ments. The ACRs of Deputy Com­mis­sion­ers, which is writ­ten by the Com­mis­sioner, is also re­viewed by CMs.

The De­part­men­tal Pro­mo­tion Com­mit­tee (DPC), in which the pro­mo­tion of IAS and IPS of­fi­cers is de­lib­er­ated upon, in both the states has to take place be­fore 31 De­cem­ber and hence the of­fi­cers in both Bhopal and Raipur are push­ing for the com­ple­tion of their ACRs as soon as pos­si­ble.

In both these states, the BJP has been in power since 2003 and these bu­reau­crats, who have loy­ally served the in­cum­bent for 15 long years, feel that if there is a change in gov­ern­ment on 11 De­cem­ber, their fate will be left in the hands of Congress lead­ers who may or may not be char­i­ta­ble to­wards them. Of­fi­cers from 1991, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2015 batches are await­ing the DPC rec­om­men­da­tion.

In Raipur, Chief Min­is­ter Ra­man Singh, who is very pop­u­lar among the bu­reau­crats for his na­ture of tak­ing ev­ery­one along, has him­self asked the IAS of­fi­cers to make sure that their ACRs are com­pleted be­fore 11 De­cem­ber.

“We have been in power for the last 15 years and it is nat­u­ral that some of the bu­reau­crats have be­come close to the Chief Min­is­ter. It is a nat­u­ral thing and it hap­pened dur­ing the Congress rule too. These IAS and IPS of­fi­cers feel that the Congress, if it comes to power, will not be fair to­wards their ACRs, and hence they are show­ing this ur­gency,” a Bhopal-based BJP leader said. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the bu­reau­crats, the ur­gency for the ACRs was not re­lated to the pos­si­bil­ity that the Congress might come to power. “In any case, the ACR has to be writ­ten by the year-end. The only thing that is wor­ry­ing us is that if there is a change of power, than the new lead­er­ship will re­quire time to get ac­cli­ma­tised and this may re­sult in un­nec­es­sary de­lay in re­view­ing the ACRs. Hence, the of­fi­cers are try­ing that the process is com­pleted as soon as pos­si­ble,” an IAS of­fi­cer, who is posted in Ch­hat­tis­garh, said. For­mer Union min­is­ters who are still in in­flu­en­tial po­si­tions, and top bu­reau­crats and in­di­vid­u­als who have oc­cu­pied gu­ber­na­to­rial po­si­tions in the past are go­ing to come un­der CBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP he­li­copter scam which has hogged the lime­light afresh af­ter the ex­tra­di­tion of Bri­tish na­tional Chris­tian Michel to In­dia from the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE).

CBI of­fi­cials, who had dealt with the case when it was first given to the agency in Fe­bru­ary 2013, said that it could not go deep into the role played by cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als at the time since they were oc­cu­py­ing po­si­tions of in­flu­ence and it was vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to in­ves­ti­gate them. How­ever, with Michel in their cus­tody now and a change in the po­lit­i­cal dis­pen­sa­tion, they be­lieve that they will be able to sum­mon those in­di­vid­u­als who had es­caped a de­tailed ques­tion­ing ear­lier.

Agency sources said that the bu­reau­crats who were in

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