21 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

IAS versus IPS

IAS versus IPS
The Haryana government has placed the services of O.P. Singh, ADGP (Human Rights and Litigation), at the disposal of the Chief Secretary for further posting. This has led to speculation in babu circles that the senior police officer is set to get a secretary-level post in one of the departments. If this indeed happens, Singh, a 1992-batch IPS officer of the Haryana cadre, will be the second police officer to head a department in the state after Shatrujit Kapoor, who was named to head the state discoms.
Secretary-level posts have traditionally been the preserve of IAS officers and any attempt to post non-IAS officers on these posts is vehemently opposed by the IAS lobby. In fact, after the posting of Kapoor as the chairman of the discoms, there were murmurs of protests from the IAS lobby.
Will there be similar protests if O.P. Singh gets the nod from the state government? So far it has maintained a diplomatic stance that postings of the All-India service officers such as the IAS, IPS and the IFS was the prerogative of the state government. And that postings are done “on the basis of seniority, aptitude and needs of the administration.”

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