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U.P. IAS officers, Opposition slam Nagpal’s suspension

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File photo of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal,the sub-divisional magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, who has been suspended by the U.P. government. Photo: Special Arrangement
File photo of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal,the sub-divisional magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, who has been suspended by the U.P. government. Photo: Special Arrangement

Decision taken to prevent communal tension: CM

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav defended the suspension of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Sadar) of Gautam Buddha Nagar, Durga Shakti Nagpal, on administrative grounds to “prevent communal tension,” but the U.P. IAS Association has reacted strongly to the action taken against the 2009 batch bureaucrat.

A delegation of the Association led by its Secretary, Parthasarathy Sen Sharma, met the acting Chief Secretary, Alok Ranjan, on Monday and demanded that the officer’s suspension be revoked.

Stating that the suspension was against the rules, the IAS delegation asked Mr. Ranjan that a high-level inquiry should be constituted to look into the charges levelled against the officer.

Mr. Ranjan later said that he will take up the issue with the Chief Minister and convey the IAS Association’s request to him. Mr. Yadav is in Bangalore with his father and Samajwadi Party president, Mulayam Singh.

The officer’s suspension has snowballed into a major controversy with the Akhilesh Yadav government under fire from Opposition parties, netizens and now the IAS Association. Ms. Nagpal was ostensibly suspended for taking on the powerful and politically well connected sand mafia operating along the Yamuna and Hindon rivers in Greater Noida. It is alleged that a ruling party leader of Gautam Buddha Nagar having links with the sand mafia was instrumental in getting her suspended. As SDM (Sadar) of Noida, Ms. Nagpal had almost single-handedly taken the sand mafia head on and had reportedly seized 30 dumpers and registered about two dozen FIRs against illegal mining. The mining contractors, who virtually call the shots in Noida and Greater Noida, were on the run.

The official version, confirmed by the government at around midnight on Sunday, is that the 28-year old officer was suspended on Saturday for “disturbing communal peace.”

A government spokesman said that the “Gautam Buddha Nagar SDM, Durga Shakti Nagpal was suspended on Saturday for ordering the removal of a wall of an under-construction mosque in Kadalpura village under Rabupura police station area in Gautam Buddha Nagar district on July 27, 2013 without following the legal procedure, which threatened to disturb communal peace.” Ms. Nagpal has been attached to the office of the UP Board of Revenue at Lucknow, the spokesman added.

Sources told The Hindu that the government initially tried to keep the officer’s suspension under wraps, but, when the news broke out, a section of the State’s bureaucracy questioned the move as they were certain that the SDM had been punished for leading a campaign against the sand mafia. With the Chief Minister away in Bengaluru, officials in the Chief Minister’s office and the Appointment and Personnel Department remained undecided on giving an official confirmation of the suspension until Sunday night.

In Bangalore, Akhilesh Yadav told reporters: “There are many such incidents where there is a chance of communal tension erupting, it becomes necessary to take certain administrative decisions to prevent it. When we don’t take any decision, you (the media) complain of our indecision and if we take, you say it is a harsh decision,” the Chief Minister said.

Meanwhile, the Opposition parties have slammed the move. The workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) staged a protest at the District Collectorate in Noida (Gautam Buddha Nagar). Condemning the move to suspend an honest officer, the State Secretary of Communist Party of India (CPI), Girish, demanded that the suspension be revoked with immediate effect.

Originally belonging to the Punjab cadre of the IAS, Ms. Nagpal shifted to Uttar Pradesh in 2012. She was posted as SDM (Sadar) in Gautam Buddha Nagar in September 2012. This was her first posting in the State.

The way these practises is going on of suspending IAS officers to woo particular community is dangerous for our country and state and it is shameful for those who are involved in such type of activity. Our muslim brother should think that what practices are being applied to woo them is good or bad and how for that is useful for their development in social, educational and cultural life.I hope and request all those to resume position of such an officer who have acted in pursuanse of Honourable Supreme Court decision and in her capacity.

from:  Ashok Kumar Kadaudhan
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 23:38 IST

This is un-fortunate and demoralising event for all those middle class IAS aspirants , thinking of to change the India with honesty and sincerity. this clearly shows the semibarberic impact of politicians over honest officers , -ve image of administration career , which is having no powers actually. Middle class people have only chance to get involve in Indian system is Administrative services as maximum of politics is now game of dhanbali & bahubali nower days and that way is also severely getting demolished just for bad politics really need to have some control and time to give some additional powers to administrative officers so that they can feel secure atleast and do their work with out getting pressurised.

from:  Nikhil
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 09:33 IST

Our Constitution and the division of powers between the elected Ministers and the
Bureaucracy suffer serious imbalances. An honest officer has sometimes face the wrath of
his political superiors for the simple reason that his action is politically looked at and
interpreted. In this public good and people's welfare is the ethical base of the transaction. For
taking on the "sand mafia" which illegally robs the Govt.'s resources,a young officer is
penalized, what is at stake is the ethical base of this relationship. Courts could not
dosubstantial justice,being over-burdened and slow-moving in such cases. The
overwhelming sympathy and support the young officer has got ,speaks volumes of credibility
of the Ministerial action and ethical governance.

from:  G. Narayanaswamy
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 07:23 IST

When the corrupt politicians make life difficult for such upright officers it is the democratic duty of media, being the 4th pillar of democracy, to immediately come to their rescue and provide full support to their fight against corruption.

from:  Saianand
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 22:07 IST

An officer catches Mafia; Gov suspends officer and covers mafia under the pretext of communal tension? It appears that Gov wants to do some favor to mafia and penalize officer doing her job. This is a classic example of mafia raj under an umbrella of democratically elected people.Don't know what signal gov is trying to give to the people of India?

from:  Ajay
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 17:25 IST

Good move ; Hope the Assocn succeeds in convincing the CM and his cronies
that people interest IS paramount in democracy and personal agenda of
groups and sects DO NOT hold water in decisions to be made by IAS folks;
God bless TRUTH to prevail as per our National Slogan !

from:  Rita Jaisingh
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 16:54 IST

The reason for the suspension of the officer as adduced by the Chief Minister of UP is totally and purely absurd .If he thinks that there would be disturbance of communal peace in ordering he removal of an illegal construction of a wall in a Mosque , there is a very strong reason to think that communal peace will be very much endangered in allowing the illegal construction to go ahead also as the majority community would think that illegality on the part of the minority community is ignored by the State .So definitely the Government has some underhand motive in suspending the officer as this Government is seen to be taking absurd decisions very often to suit its own self interest .the people of UP should take note of the fact that it will be not be good to elect this party to power as it is interested in furthering the prospects of the incumbent of the post of CM who is trying to fish in troubled waters , nourishing the hope of becoming the PM of the country while he is bungling as CM

from:  Raghavan
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 15:27 IST

poor example set by the UP government. Even if there was a possibility
of communal clashes they must have deployed police force to neutralise
the threat. Suspension of the IAS officer was the worst thing they could
have done, to address the concerns of communal people they have made the
highly professional class of Indians a "scapegoat". Hope this does not
deter the determination of the bureaucrats to fight injustice

from:  Satyender
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 14:25 IST

It is ironical but repugnant to the Chief Minister that demolition of
the wall in question was such a quite affair while it was not even
worth to mention in the general Diary ( GD) of the local police
station. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had already proved to be slyer
than his father within a short span of his pivotal career. He should
know that he had taken an obsolete decision to get into the shoes of
his father while those days are off with the wind of people’s campaign
at this time and India is poised to refurbish democracy by
annihilation corruption so as to mount a fresh national government in
the next year.

from:  Madan Menon Thottasseri
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 09:32 IST

A young lady officer standing at the lime light of her audacious stand
against illegal mining is deviously suspended by entangling into the
demolition of the wall, as if she had ordered for the same in a
vindictive way that can flare up communal violence! People of U.P will
be in real predicament worrying for the elimination of his regime
which encourages opening of top brass of bureaucracy’s offices at
midnight for preparation of Suspension Orders to dutiful officers.

from:  Madan Menon Thottasseri
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 09:29 IST

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had proved to be slyer than his father
within a short span of his pivotal career. It was a disgrace to the
Chief Minister to give a communal colour to the manipulated suspension
of the spirited lady officer by remarking it as an ‘administrative
compulsion’ to ease communal tension in Rabupura by ballooning her
order for the removal of a wall of a mosque under construction in
Kadalpura village when the whole state is praising her for the hunt
against sand mafia leading to seizure of record number of dumpers,
with number of arrests of culprits on registering two dozen F.I.R s.
Many perpetrators involved are still at large! The Muslim community
must come out against the Chief Minister for inciting a communal
colour to the issue for despite there was no protest by them for the
demolition of the wall.

from:  Madan Menon Thottasseri
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 09:28 IST

This incidence is a perfect example of upto what extend criminals get
involved politics. Political leaders can go to any extend to protect
their political-criminal nexus. The problem with our present political
system is that our political leaders want to replace administrative
and police systems by their own authority. Politicians with criminal
back ground joint politics with the motive of removing politico-
administrative and policing hurdles in their illegal and criminal
activities. Specially in Uttar Pradesh, I found sharp decline in
administrative and police culture which was atleast delivering till a
decade ago.

from:  C P Sharma
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 09:25 IST

What a gutsy, young lady! Just 28 years old and determined to give the powerful, bad guys hell. Very appropriately named :-) for her attitude and role I must say. May the young magistrate continue to dispense justice in a fearless manner. Despite all the gloom and doom around us, a glimmer of hope comes from the younger generation.

from:  Lal
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 05:49 IST

How can suspending an official itself defuse communal tension?
Common sense indicates you need police deployment and meetings with
senior community leaders to defuse communal tension neither of which
have taken place.
Clearly this was a sand mafia decision rather than an administrative
decision and the CM's statement complete with "you the media
inquisitors" refrain is a pile of garbage.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 05:16 IST

Is this news in Greater Noida where the rule of law has long ceased to obtain? If Ms Nagpal were promoted for zealous enforcement of the law, that would be news worthy in that part of UP. Neither the Mayawati regime nor the Akhilesh administration has shown much concern about the criminalisation of politics in Gautam Budh Nagar.

from:  S.P.Chakravarty
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 03:57 IST

Public employees with conscience and respect to law cannot function under the hegemony of politicians throughout India. The IAS officer Durga Nagpal should be commented for outstanding performance against sand mafia. Hope more Durgas stand up to the politicians to sanctify public service and redeem India from corruption.

from:  Davis K. Thanjan
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 03:50 IST

Just because politicians are elected representatives of the people,
can they do anything? Can they play politics in the name of
administrative decisions? What is apparent from media reports is that,
she acted tough on sand mafia therefore she was suspended. But
official reason given for her suspension is that her action(demolition
of a wall of religious institution) could have led to communal tension
in the area. Her's is not the first case, earlier we saw what happened
with Ashok Khemka. Punishing of upright officials is not only
prevalent in U.P, but it is a widespread phenomenon and it is a
perennial problem, it happened in the past and it will continue to
happen until some powers are vested out of political executive.
Bureaucracy should be made independent of political influences and
control. I propose,
1. A new constitutional authority should be set up on the lines of
CAG, CEC, Supreme Court, etc which should control personnel from All
India Service Cadre.2. Qualifying exam for legislators on the lines of UPSC, PSC's.
Yes, legislators should also be subjected to qualifying rigorous exam.
Scheme should be such that a person who wishes to contest poll should
first qualify in written exam, once s/he qualifies it should they be
allowed to contest in election for that particular term of
assembly/parliament. I know some legitimate questions will be asked
regarding the practicality and exhaustiveness of this suggestion, but
I believe that all such concerns will be reasonably addressed after a
little brainstorming. Can we have it?NO. Politicians wont allow such
reforms, even if a bill is presented for consideration for the above
purpose, they will find a way or two to sabotage it, eg Lokpal Bill.
Then what should we do? Well, we as informed citizens should protest
against govt eg Delhi rape case, Anti corruption movement. We should
boycott there election rallies even if they force us to come. While
voting we should use our supreme judgement.

from:  Gurpreet Singh
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 03:41 IST

"An Honest" Bureaucrat will not become a Toy to Political Ploy, especially when they "Unite" and understand their Strength lies in their Integrity and Unity, for Reasons of "Communal Tension" can be construed as "Community in which Political Class belong" for Hatred, Dishonest,
Division are some of their Methods that they choose to explain Events!
which may not have any basis in their Words!

from:  Dr. Ankit Sura
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 03:36 IST

Really unfortunate. May she live upto the reputation of her name in vanquishing the
evil.

from:  Prasad
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 03:09 IST

Many of the youngsters, who are entering the civil services, have high commitment to the Job and the nation. The young civil servant, who has now been suspended , according to Media reports has taken strong action against thiose who were exploiting the Particular State, and the young chief minister of the state, should have supported her in her noble Mission, to sound the death knell of muscle power. Instead, he has tried to justify the Suspension on the ground of communal tension. The IAS officers assn deserve all praise For their support to this young civil servant. The nation expected a big breakthrough from The past, when he assumed office, after defeating Mayavathi. One hopes, the CM, will Review the order, to boost up the morale of the civil servants community in state, and Project a MR CLEAN image to the UP population and India.

from:  C p Chandra das
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 03:06 IST

Well done Ms. Nagpal. It is time that IAS stood up to politicians.

from:  Narayanan
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 02:55 IST

This practice of suspending and tranferring honest officers has a very long history. Even in the l950's in the early years of our independence, I know how Engineers of the irrigation department in the then Madras Presidency were summarily transferred when they blocked illegal drawing of waters from the Krishna and Godavari canals.MsNagpal has at least a strong IAS association and a very alive country wide media to help her. I do recall how Mr.Royappa, then Chief Secretary declined to support some action by Karunanidhi and was shunted to become the Chairman of the Revenue Board,a post of the Chief Secretary's status but with absolute no teeth.Such is the history of our politicians whom we elect to office repeatedly.

from:  Subbanarasu Divakaran
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 01:12 IST

I salute her brave and just stand against the sand Mafia

from:  Kirthika Ramakrishnan
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 23:42 IST

First, let's all salute this brave Lady IAS officer. When it is clear to the whole nation that the transfer of Ms Nagpal is for vengeful reasons, why is Mr. Yadav hiding his head in the sand with a reason that is absolutely laughable. Does India have a chance to become a developed nation in the near future? Certainly NOT with this kind of politics.

from:  S.M. Kumar
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 23:39 IST

Another ashok khemka in making .good for india.

from:  Ajay Sapru
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 23:30 IST

This is the real problem for Honest IAS officer. Every cadre are willing
to serve the country but the circumstance changes a lot. The system has
a issue. posting any IAS officer the state government should have
minimum authority and rest of the decision has to taken by UPSC or any
median not by political power. we have stringent quality measure to take
the candidate but we dont have the accountability when they execute
their work.

from:  Rajkumar S
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 23:19 IST

Ms. Nagpal and people like her should not give up their fight against the corruption of any kind & at any level bcoz when people like us reads about you guys it brings a sense of relief that we have honest & good persons in the system along with whom we can expect a safe & better society. We, a common man, might not be able to do anything for you but we always wish you all the blessings from the almighty in your good & bad times..

from:  Romesh
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 23:05 IST

Bravo Durga Ji. You are the embodiment of Goddess Durga to uphold Dharma in this Great civilization called INDIA. May Dharma protect you from the corrupt politicians.

from:  Ravishankar
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 23:00 IST

The Rights Groups should demand for an independent and impartial investigation of the suspension as the Indian politics has turned dirty under the UPA regime and the mafias and it is spreading to state politics.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 21:31 IST

This sort of action by government breeds contempt & helplessness anongst honest officers.This trend has to be stopped immediately.

from:  Dr.Maninder Chopra
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 21:29 IST

Every Indian should be with her

from:  Kiranphere
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 21:21 IST

let all bureaucrats (at least those who consider themselves honest) join and show their protest. if not at least all the cadres of 2009 should join and protest. this is a bad precedent. During Rajajis regime in Madras state there was an incident when an IAS did not support a wrong thing even by a Minister and though Rajaji admonished that officer for putting things in writing, he told the Minister 'look, you may not be the minister, nay even an mla from this minute, but he will continue to govern the government for at least 25 years more! so pl. be careful in such matters'. such was the time when we served!!!!!!!!!!

from:  N. Ramaswami
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 21:05 IST

In Bharat today, all Politicians and as a corallary, all Govts are anti-righteousness.
No wonder, Durga Shakti Nagpal, IAS, has been suspended, quoting a 'non-
acceptable' flimsy reason, far from the truth.In every state a "Mafia", giving ample
dole to the politicians, are in truth, running the govt, while they amass mammoth
wealth for their coffers! And UP Govt is no exception! Oh, what a fall, "Democracy" in
India!

from:  T.K.Srinivasan
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 20:56 IST

Good job done by Durga shkti Nagpal and worst job done by UP government
for suspending her for the reason of demolition of mosque wall while CM
also tweeted that this was administrative order. I think, political
leader want to escalate communal violence, not that honest IAS
officer.

from:  Rajaneesh Kumar
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 20:29 IST

What a Shame that sincere IAS officers are NOT allowed to function safe IF
the politician with influence is targeted for illegal acts ! Sad turn of
our democracy in public eye ! Akhilesh Yadav who claims to work for mass
welfare should immediately withdraw the order and restore her to position;
take action against the mischief makers both in mining and passing order.
IF not done, sure he will face the criticism of honest folks and IAS folks
will not do his bidding in days to come ! Pray God to bestow better sense!

from:  Sandip Kishore
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 20:21 IST

Ms Nagpal must take this issue to the Supreme Court if needed. The nation is in desperate
need of honest and courageous officials. For the past few decades the independence of the
administrative service has been drastically eroded and many officers are only too happy to
function in servitude to their political masters. As for demolishing the wall, the government
has not even stated whether it was built with proper approvals in the first place.

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 20:14 IST

There is nothing new in the practice of ditching honest officers by ruling party governments
One IAS officer resigned and became an MP and minister. To change from within
He was also sidelined.The youth of India are slowly awakening to this reality
We are hoping for better times from 2014 onwards

from:  Swaminathan
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 20:06 IST

What UP government did is shameful to all honest IAS officers. It clearly shows the way government treats honest civil servants who are building blocks of country. Government should know that country is at least in this this state because of honest officers not because of politicians.

from:  Ramanjaneya
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 19:56 IST

Very impressive. We need people like her to eliminate corruption. All like minded
people should support her. May she live up to the reputation of her name in
eliminating evil.

from:  Prasad
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 19:22 IST

I salute to the brave young IAS Officer...She must be given full support by people from all walks of life...

from:  Ramakrishna P
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 19:12 IST

what is going on in in this country. Its a goddamn scenario where the ugly politics is prevailing over a person who is spearheading the commotion against the mafia.May goodness prevails and the culprits should be brought under justice.

from:  Varun
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 18:38 IST

How long we will tolerate such activity of government.Only revoking her suspension is not a solution of the problem. Supreme Court should interfere in this matter and if UP is unable to provide any satisfactory reason for his suspension, then Government should also be suspended and president rule should be imposed there.

from:  Amit Ranjan
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 18:34 IST
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