PCS officers go on mass go away regardless of CM’s phrase on honest probe
Ruchika M Khanna
Chandigarh, January 9
The Punjab Civil Service (PCS) officers went on a mass informal go away for 5 days beginning Monday in protest in opposition to the “unlawful” arrest of a colleague in Ludhiana.
The event got here even because the anguish of state bureaucrats over their colleagues being booked and arrested by the Vigilance Bureau, allegedly with out taking obligatory clearances, met with a “humble attraction” by CM Bhagwant Mann.
Whereas the PCS officers are protesting the arrest of Narinder Singh Dhaliwal, posted as Regional Transport Authority in Ludhiana, for allegedly taking bribes from transporters, IAS officers are resentful over the registration of a case in opposition to their colleague Neelima within the PSIEC land bifurcation case.
Throughout their assembly with Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Janjua, some IAS officers even threatened to resign.
The CM, who met them, assured to look into the matter, saying “no injustice could be finished”. He, nonetheless, cautioned officers that he wouldn’t condone any act of corruption. Mann requested Janjua to establish if prior permission below Part 17 A of the Prevention of Corruption Act was taken earlier than registering a case in opposition to Neelima. “If not, consequential motion as warranted below the legislation could also be assured,” he stated. Later, the Secretary, Vigilance, wrote to the Chief Director, VB, asking him to provide document whereby the choice to register the FIR was taken or accredited.
The CM additionally met the PCS officers amid unprecedented “revolt” by the state forms over the alleged unlawful arrests of officers. In an announcement, the PCS Officers Affiliation stated they have been grateful to the CM for displaying empathy in the direction of them, however indicated their protest would proceed until their colleague was not launched. The Punjab Income Officers Affiliation additionally prolonged its help to the PCS officers and determined to go on a mass informal go away until January 13.
Earlier throughout a gathering with Janjua, IAS officers alleged highhandedness by VB. A few of them threatened to give up. Some junior officers even broke down and claimed their colleague was focused. They alleged Neelima acted as per the then authorities’s coverage, however was charged with corruption. One officer alleged harassment and phone-tapping by cops probing the case.