Ashok Khemka, Durga Shakti Nagpal, Sanjeev Chaturvedi and now Amit Kataria are few of the many bureaucrats who have been punished by the political class in India. A preparation and dedication for 15+ hours a day for months gets you what we call the Indian Administrative Services and then you are bound to listen to few really pathetic people, we call them politicians.
We have seen how Ashok Khemka was tortured by transferring him 45 times in the span of 23 years. That means one transfer every six months. He did not fear and kept doing what he was suppose to, during the different governments Haryana had. He refused to bow down to the ruling party and cancelled the famous Vadra Land deal, resulting another transfer. When a new government took charge in the state, many thought it would now change the fate of honest officers like him. But it turned out to be the same as before. Story of Durga Shakti Nagpal is no different. She was suspended because she did her job and fought the sand mafia in UP. Sanjeev Chaturvedi paid the price for being honest and making the outer world aware of the corruption in AIIMS – Delhi.
Couple of days after the Prime Minister’s visit to Chattisgarh, the IAS officer has received a warning letter for wearing a sun glass while attending the PM. As per Hindustan Times, “During the arrival of the Hon’ble PM you didn’t put on an appropriate conventional dress and were wearing sunglasses to welcome him (Modi),” the letter stated. The official missive cited section 3(1) of the All India Services (Conduct) Rules of 1968 which says: “Every member of the service shall at all times maintain absolute integrity and devotion to duty and shall do nothing which is unbecoming of a member of the service.
I wonder, when did he disobey this rule? He was on business formals, wearing his eye card and greeted the PM the way it should be. His crime is that he wore the sun glass while meeting the Prime Minister. I mean, wow. The Prime Minister and the Chief Minister were wearing Kurta-Paijama while on the official visit but seems like the rules are only meant for IAS/IPS and other bureaucrats.
In my opinion, either the official visits should have a dress code for both bureaucrats and politicians or the Indian Government should refrain doing these stupid things.