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V. Narayanasamy says the government officers are revisiting the rules to ensure adequate protection to All India Services (IAS, IPS and IFoS) officers. Photo: PIB (PIB)
V. Narayanasamy says the government officers are revisiting the rules to ensure adequate protection to All India Services (IAS, IPS and IFoS) officers. Photo: PIB
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Govt to review rules on arbitrary suspension of IAS, IPS officers

The move comes after representatives of IAS, IPS and IFoS associations met V. Narayanasamy to demand change in the service rules

New Delhi: The Centre has decided to review the service rules to provide immunity to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers from arbitrary suspensions and unjust disciplinary actions by the state governments.

The move comes after representatives of IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) associations met minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions V. Narayanasamy here recently to demand change in the service rules.

“Our officers are revisiting the rules to ensure adequate protection to All India Services (IAS, IPS and IFoS) officers," Narayanasamy told PTI.

The three associations of the elite services met the minister on Friday and demanded that the power of suspensions should be vested with the Centre instead of states in case of officers working in their jurisdiction among other changes in the rules.

“No decision has been taken on it," Narayanasamy said when asked whether the government was considering to take back the power to suspend an All India Services officer from states.

As per rules, state governments are authorised to take action against an IAS, IPS and IFoS officer working under their jurisdiction.

The associations are agitated over recent suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal in Uttar Pradesh and strongly advocating change in rules to check such “arbitrary" and “malafide" abuse of power by state governments.

“It is relevant to bring to your kind attention that since early 1990s more than 175 IAS officers have been suspended of which more than 100 IAS officers have been suspended in the state of Uttar Pradesh alone," said Sanjay R. Bhoos Reddy, secretary of IAS officers’ association in a memorandum given to Narayanasamy.

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