There is no doubt that the Indian bureaucracy under the Modi government is facing the biggest crisis in seven decades during this period. It began when Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly slammed the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) publicly during his vote of thanks in the Lok Sabha last month.
PM Modi heard in Parliament
On February 10, Prime Minister Modi expressed a very strong reaction to the functioning of the civil service inside the Lok Sabha, PM Modi said, “Everything will be done Babu.” IAS became, meaning they would also run a fertilizer factory, they would also run a chemical factory, if they became IAS, they would also run airplanes. Which big force did we keep? What are we going to do by giving the country in the hands of the babus? Our Babu is also of the country and the youth of the country is also of the country.
This is not the only instance when they have reprimanded IAS officers publicly. In East Sikkim, the Prime Minister expressed displeasure over the absence of any significant progress on the 41.5 km long railway line approved between Darjeeling and Rango in 2009-10. According to The Print, the source said that Prime Minister Modi asked the Ministry of Railways to fix the accountability of babus and departments that have wasted the taxpayers’ money in the country. Everyone silently listened to the Prime Minister.
Many officers were forced to retire
Over the years, nearly hundreds of Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other central services officers have been given mandatory or premature retirement. Recently, the screening committee of the Union Home Ministry had given three IPS officers of Uttar Pradesh premature retirement, not finding it suitable for government service.
A compulsory retirement order has been given to Amitabh Thakur, a 1992 batch eminent IPS officer, who has been in the limelight since the case was filed against former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. Apart from IPS officer Amitabh Thakur, Rajesh Krishna and Rakesh Shankar were found unfit for government service and all three have been given compulsory retirement.
581 complaints of corruption received against IAS officers
The government had told Parliament on March 10 that till the month of February in the current financial year, 581 complaints of corruption were received against IAS officers. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Work, gave this information to the Lok Sabha in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha. The government was asked for details about cases filed and departmental complaints against Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.
The minister said that in the year 2019-20, 753 complaints were received against IAS officers and in 2018-19, a total of 653 such complaints were received. He said that 623 complaints were received against IAS officers in 2017-18 and 484 in 2016-17. Singh said that since 2016, the CBI has so far registered 44 cases against IAS officers and 12 cases against IPS officers.
A few days before this, the government had said that seven IAS officers were arrested on charges of corruption during the last three years. Jitendra Singh gave this information in the Rajya Sabha in a written reply to a question. He had said that as per information received from 27 state government and union territories, seven Indian IAS officers have been arrested in the corruption case.
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