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Perturbed IAS lobby in UP


The Uttar Pradesh government recently introduced the police commissionerate system by posting two additional director general (ADG) of police rank officials as the first police commissioners of Lucknow and Noida, Sujit Pandey and Alok Kumar, respectively. The IAS officers of UP see the move as an attempt to “undermine the superiority of the cadre”. A total of 15 functions, which were earlier administered by the district magistrate office, will now be taken care of by the police commissionerate. While almost all serving officers said they disapproved of the commissionerate system but were unwilling to say anything on record. The Uttar Pradesh IAS Association has decided not to comment on the development. There is fierce discussion going on in Lucknow. As one IAS officer explains, “there are several occasions when protests are of civil nature and can be dealt with by the District Magistrate. Police action in such matters can complicate the situation. Another opined that “in the administrative system, the civilian authority is considered supreme. The common man also prefers to approach the district magistrate with his problems rather than police officers. There is an element of fear of the uniform which creates a barrier. A balance should be maintained between the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police.” IAS officers are asking in a hush tone, “The state government should have clarified what was the need for implementing the commissionerate system and where did the old system go wrong.”

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