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IAS, IPS on deputation may be shifted from field postings 



Patna,(BiharTimes): Election Commission is keeping a close watch on about a dozen IAS and IPS officers brought to Bihar by the Nitish Kumar government on the basis of inter-state deputation.
There is likelihood of these officers being shifted from field postings in the wake of complaints made by Opposition parties during the two-day visit of the Commission team to Bihar. Unlike the general practice in other states these officers have been given key posts in the districts.

Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi, who led the team, said the Commission would keep tabs on these officers. 

Quraishi, who addressed the Press conference on Tuesday, said it is not feasible to shift all these officers but they will be under the “surveillance” of the Commission.

Reports said that four IPS officers of different cadres are on inter-state deputation in Bihar. Three of them are posted as deputy inspectors-general while one is posted as superintendent of police in the Government Railway Police. 

Top on the Opposition list for removal is Umesh Kumar, posted as DIG, Bettiah range. A 1995 batch IPS officer of Karnataka cadre, he is the son-in-law of Ganga Prasad, Bharatiya Janata Party MLC. Umesh shot into controversy over non-deployment of the CRPF during the parliamentary elections in 2009. He was then the superintendent of police of East Champaran. 

Vineet Vinayak and Pankaj Darad are both 1995 batch IPS officers of Sikkim and Jammu and Kashmir cadres respectively. They are posted as DIG, Central range and DIG, Muzaffarpur. Alok Kumar, a 1997 batch IPS officer from Nagaland cadre, is currently posted as the superintendent of rail police, Jamalpur. 

Abhijeet Sinha, a 2000 batch IAS officer of the Nagaland cadre, is posted as the district magistrate of Munger while Jitendra Kumar Sinha, a 1995 batch IAS officer of Tripura cadre, is posted as the district magistrate of Patna. 

Similarly, Binod Kumar, a 1996 batch IAS officer of the Assam cadre, is holding the charge of district magistrate of Araria.

Vaishali district magistrate Minhaj Alam is an IAS officer of the Kerala cadre while Gaya collector Sanjay Singh is of the Orissa cadre. Dev Raj Dev, an IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, is posted as the district magistrate of West Champaran.

Apart from the officers on deputation there is the case of Gupteshwar Pandey, a 1987 batch IPS officer of the Bihar cadre. He is at present posted as inspector-general, Muzaffarpur zone. He had lobbied for a ticket for Buxar parliamentary seat as a BJP nominee last year. He had even taken voluntary retirement from service in anticipation of getting a ticket for the Lok Sabha elections.

However, when denied ticket by the BJP he, after a few months, withdrew his resignation. 

Media report also said that social activist, Parveen Amanullah, wife of urban development secretary, Afzal Amanullah, is likely to get the Janata Dal (United) ticket. This may also cause problem to opposition parties.






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