Vijayasai Reddy sticks to his guns

YSR Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member V Vijayasai Reddy is now in trouble. He had locked his horns with the bureaucrats naming them being more loyal than the leader. He named senior IAS officers, Satish Chandra, Rajamouli and Sai Prasad, all working with the Chief Ministers’ Office (CMO) and IPS officer A B Venkateswara Rao as working like the ruling party leaders than the bureaucrats.

His comments against these Babus had come under sharp criticism from the IAS and IPS officers association. But, he stood by his words. Partiality or biased attitude of any bureaucrat indicates the politicization. Robust neutrality is what is required and the bureaucrats should act impartially and disciplined as per rule 3 of the civil service rules. They are directly or indirectly involved in luring the Opposition MLAs and bribing them to benefit the ruling party. These officers are acting in a manner unbecoming of IAS or IPS officers. These are the charges that Vijayasai Reddy made against these bureaucrats. He had also went on to quote the statement of a Minister Aadhinarayan Reddy who claimed that Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had settled a dispute between him and a leader, Ramasubba Reddy in the presence of some IAS officers on sharing the corruption money. Vijayasai Reddy claims to have evidences to prove his charges against these three IAS and one IPS officer, though he said he was in the process of collecting evidences against some others.

It is not the first time that the bureaucrats are blamed to be partial and not apolitical, particularly during this tenure of the TDP regime headed by Chandrababu Naidu. Jagan Mohan Reddy himself had targeted a senior IAS officer Babu Ahmad, who was then the Collector of Krishna district, for being biased to the TDP. The YSR Congress leaders have information that it was Babu Ahmad as district Collector, who had advised Chandrababu Naidu to remove the statue of late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy from the Police Control room junction just before the Krishna Pushkarams.

Interestingly, former chief secretary I Y R Krishna Rao too had accused the CMO of working as parallel to the Secretariat and it was unconstitutional. He also alleged that some of the IAS officers are working for the ruling party against their service rules.

While it is acceptable to some extent that the officers would have to be faithful to the leader who is in power, they don’t need to work for the political interests of the leader in power. There are clear guidelines and service rules that draw a line between working for the government and working for those in the government. If this line is not understood and the bureaucrats involve them in protecting or promoting the political interests of the leader in power, they are accused and cannot cry foul when nailed.

Perhaps, Vijayasai Reddy is doing this nailing task and it is high time that these bureaucrats distance themselves from the political activities of the CMO. It is now for the bureaucrats to realise the fact that they have crossed the thin line and are serving for the political interests of the Chief Minister too and correct it.

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