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IPS officer’s appointment

The upmanship between IAS and IPS is an old story among civil servants. The Haryana Government’s decision to post 1990-batch IPS officer Shatrujeet Singh Kapoor as Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Chairman of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam appears to have stirred up a hornet’s nest in the state bureaucracy. The IAS officers termed it as the fall of yet another bastion to the police and it is learnt that the Association of Haryana IAS officers is likely to take up the matter with the government soon. Sources, however, said that the IAS officers have no reason to rancour since the CMD’s position is not among one of their 112 cadre posts. The posting of the IPS officers on non-cadre posts started with the commissionerate system introduced in the previous Congress government in Ambala-Panchkula, Gurgaon and Faridabad. This was seen as the first indication that the IPS lobby was trying to broaden its area of influence. The IAS association reportedly feels that it’s not a question of an appointment of an individual; the issue is that IPS officers have no administrative experience and do not understand the system as they are basically trained to maintain law and order. There is another school of thought, which has been ignored by the state, that the electricity department is purely technical and the post should go to the seniormost engineer. IAS officers are of the opinion that if the government wants to encourage interface between the services, let IAS officers be given charge of the vigilance department. The real crux is not the appointment but the feeling that officers who had been ruling in the Bhupinder Singh Hooda regime are once again making inroads. A tweet in reaction to the appointment of Ashok Khemka, an IAS officer who blew the whistle during the Hooda regime, read: “A government officer who was, is or intends to be corrupt knows where and how to obtain patronage for a choice posting”.

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