The IAS Association of Uttar Pradesh was clueless when Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath refused to give time for the annual IAS Week. The event is seen as an informal bridge between the legislature and executive. It is expected from the Chief Minister to participate in the social milieu for a smooth and congenial functional relationship. The main attraction of IAS Week is the inaugural address by the Chief Minister in which he addresses over 600 IAS officers of the Uttar Pradesh cadre. The Chief Minister, in his speech, also lays the roadmap of development before the officers. This is the second time that IAS Week has been cancelled in the state. The tradition was discontinued during the regime of former Chief Minister Mayawati between 2007 and 2012. It was again continued during former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s tenure. It was celebrated in the beginning of Yogi Adityanath regime in 2017 and 2018 but in 2019 circumstances forced a cancellation. The event normally takes place in December but it was postponed in 2019 due to the Ayodhya verdict and other important events, including the anti-CAA protests. Senior IAS officers feel this shunning of civil services by a particular political class may have cascading effect on governance.
Meanwhile, the executive committee of the Uttar Pradesh IAS Association has formally elected its new office-bearers. Deepak Trivedi, the chairman of Revenue Board, has been elected president of the UP IAS Association. Ranjan Kumar, Secretary, PWD, has been elected the secretary.