Yesteday, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from Uttar Pradesh was publicly scolded and abused at a meeting of senior bureaucrats called by the state’s Urban Development Minister Azam Khan. The officer was abused after he tried to explain why his two other colleagues were missing from the meeting. Azam Khan was seen very angry at the Principal Secretary and the Chief Secretary of the Urban Development Department skipping the meeting.
When Mr. Khan asked why the two officers were absent, the Special Secretary said they were busy with some other work. However, hearing this the minister lost his cool and said, “Is the Chief Secretary above the government? Bakwas karte ho…chup baithiye…badtameez kaheen ka.” He then adjourned the meeting and walked out from the hall.
Later while speaking to Press he clarified “We had called the meeting. It was an important meeting. Officers from all over the state had come. The Chief Secretary should have been there. We will not tolerate such indiscipline.”
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It is really sad to see the plight of talented IAS officers in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Our IAS officers are the back bone of governance and they formulate the policies drafted by the Ministers and their associates. But the recent decline in the quality of Indian leadership has brought hard time for IAS officers. If such incidents happen again and again then it will definitely hurt the morale of new IAS aspirants. The way the politicians are treating the IAS cadre also discourages the people to work in other government services. I think this is one the main reasons why Government jobs are losing their charm now.
So friends, this is the way Indian Politicians treat IAS Officers!