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Updated: September 3, 2010 08:41 IST

IAS officer’s suspension revoked

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A file photo of C. Umashankar. The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday issued an order revoking the suspension of the IAS officer.
The Hindu A file photo of C. Umashankar. The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday issued an order revoking the suspension of the IAS officer.

The State government on Thursday issued an order revoking the suspension of C. Umashankar, formerly Commissioner of Small Savings, Chennai.

The Government Order, dated September 2, 2010, said since an inquiry had been initiated into the genuineness of his Scheduled Caste Community Certificate, the government under the powers conferred by rules 3 (7) (c) of the All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969, considered and revoked the suspension with effect from the afternoon of September 2, 2010. The period of suspension shall be regulated on the outcome of the inquiry and disciplinary proceedings initiated against him.

Consequent to the revocation of suspension, the services of Mr. Umashankar was placed at the disposal of the Tamil Nadu Small Industries Corporation Limited for appointment as its Managing Director in the place of N.S. Palaniappan, holding additional charge.

The government also directed that the Additional Chief Secretary to the Government, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Department, shall function as Chairman, Tamil Nadu Small Industries Corporation Limited, in the place of Mr. Palaniappan, holding additional charge. The government declared that the post of Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Small Industries Corporation Limited, is equivalent in status and responsibilities to the cadre post of Registrar of Cooperative Societies, the order said.

This is like the case of a monkey tampering with a peg on the timber by inserting its tail into the cleavage. The Govt. of Tamilnadu had to yield to the popular pressure.
The fall out of this episode should be that Honest officers should come together and resist unlawful acts of the Govt, in the interest of good governance to the benefit of the public and putting down a shutter to the corrupt practices. And those who consider themselves not to be on the side of honesty should try to change themselves.
S.M.Arasu
general secretary
Anticorruption Movement Chennai

from:  S.M.Arasu
Posted on: Sep 4, 2010 at 00:05 IST

Such a boring, academic writing. This is not journalistic style.

from:  Martin
Posted on: Sep 3, 2010 at 18:47 IST

Umashankar is a formidable and forthright civil servant who is not scared of speaking out on issues for example on matters related to governance or the need for public sector software. Some people would say that he is 'arrogant' although in the context of the concentration of economic and political power in TN, to speak out of turn and contest the powers that be ought to be considered a virtue.

from:  pradip thomas
Posted on: Sep 3, 2010 at 07:51 IST

i welcome this decision. It is a known fact that Mr - Umasankar I A S is an honest officer. I strongly believe the charges will be disproved soon - opposition parties tried to use this issue- By revoking the suspension the govt has done a good job and successfully denied the opportunity to Them-

from:  Ravikumar mla
Posted on: Sep 3, 2010 at 01:43 IST
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