Telangana SC/ST IAS officers form new association
Almost 10 months after the TRS government effected a major reshuffle of bureaucrats in which a number of senior IAS officers and district collectors were shunted out, a section of the SC and ST officers felt they got a ‘raw deal’. Now the issue has taken a new turn with nearly 20 officers belonging to the SC, ST, BC and Minority communities deciding to form Telangana Native IAS Officers Association.
Miffed over being handed a raw deal in postings, say senior officers
The miffed officers held an emergency meeting late Monday night to chalk out their future course of action. Authoritative sources, who attended the meeting said 20 officers, including those in the rank of Principal Secretary, were present. They felt that their grievances like ‘intentional’ transfer of some of them from focal to non-focal postings without any reason was not redressed. So the need to go it alone.
The failure of the Telangana IAS Officers Association to help the aggrieved group even after being given representations in June this year was another reason to form their own association, sources said.
Ignored and sidelined
The meeting saw the native officers specifically citing the examples of how 20 officers were posted to non-cadre posts. “The government has posted six SC/ST/BC and minority IAS officers to insignificant posts in the Secretariat and they are languishing there for the last four years while some forward caste officers were given plum postings,” an IAS officer reportedly lamented at the meeting.
A list of 20 officers working in ‘insignificant posts’ was circulated in the meeting along with a list of 11 non-IAS officers from the other castes — and those who had retired — being given plum assignments held usually by IAS officers. A total of 140 IAS officers both from outside and those belonging to the State are working in Telangana. Of this, 40 hail from Telangana. In June, six months after the reshuffle, a group of five SC and ST officers met Chief Secretary S. K. Joshi and petitioned him about the discrimination.
Murali, Director of Archives and earlier Collector of Jayashankar Bhupalpalli district, told The Hindu on Tuesday that the weaker section IAS officers are confused. “We are unable to understand the government policy of setting aside the Telangana native IAS officers when they are efficient and have produced good results. There is no redressal mechanism for us, and hence we are forced to form a new association,” he said.
An IAS officer wishing anonymity said there are clear examples to show that some officers were discriminated in postings.
Among the 31 district collectors working in the State only one ST native officer is working in a north Telangana district, the officer pointed out. However, a senior IAS officer in the government played down the development saying that it was incorrect to say that the weaker section officers were given a raw deal.
“We have officers from the same communities who are working in key positions. They too were given postings by the government as per the norms,” the officer said.
Courtesy: The Hindu