Source: News Bharati English12 Sep 2016 10:50:12

New Delhi, September 12: The Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said that Government is serious to ensure that IAS officers’ genuine initiative is not deterred on any account.
He was addressing, a delegation of Central IAS Officers’ Association, led by its Honorary Secretary, Sanjay Bhoosreddy, who urged him to ensure that honest and sincere officers are protected for taking ‘bona-fide’ decisions in public interest and that they are not deprived of embarrassed of taking such genuine initiatives. The delegation suggests revisiting the laws including the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, and also to provide protection for both the working as well as retired officers. Also appropriate legal assistance for fighting court cases should be provided.

Dr Jitendra Singh while assuring that IAS officer’s initiatives and efforts are not prevented said, the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 pending in Parliament also takes care of many of these aspects. He said, for example, the provision to prosecute an officer, which was earlier available only at the level of Joint Secretary and above, is now sought to be made applicable in case of officers at every level.

Dr Jitendra Singh revealed that recently the government has revised the guidelines according to which, in case of any IAS officer being placed under suspension by a State Government, the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), Government of India will have to be intimated within 24 hours. Likewise, the charges framed against the officer will also have to be intimated to DoPT within a period of 45 days, he added.The delegation also handed over a memorandum to Dr Jitendra Singh which highlighted some of the issues relating to officers who come on Central deputation resulting in difference in their pay scale, sometimes resulting in heavy financial loss