Irked over suspensions of civil servants like Durga Shakti Nagpal, Ashok Khemka etc, the service associations of   IAS, IPS and IFoS have demanded changes in rules to check misuse/ abuse of power by state governments. Powers of Suspension of government officers lies with GOI as appointing authority. Transfer of officers regardless of merit, is not a punishment under disciplinary rules. Demands have been stoutly opposed by State govts. Constitution of Civil services boards (headed by Chief Secretaries )  in the States ,is not the solution.Chief Secretaries owe allegiance to Chief Ministers or the parties in power.

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Milkha Singh’s fulmination that Late Dhyan Chand  deserved Bharat Ratna before Sachin Tendulkar, should not be brushed aside in the light of the following.

Sachin Tendulkar,no doubt, is a national icon.  He  received several honours  in the past like :  Arjuna Award( 1994); Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award (1997); Padma Shri (1999); Padma Vibhushan (2008).

He was the first sportsperson without aviation background to  have been  conferred the honorary rank of Group Captain in 2011.  Tendulkar was nominated  by the Congress as Member, Rajya Sabha in 2013.

Against this background, Sachin Tendulkar   posing for BMW 18 Hybrid car at the Auto Expo 2014 held in Feb 2014, was  astonishing. He has been regularly endorsing commercial products even after conferment of Bharat Ratna and getting paid for it.

 Is this not an affront to the highest civilian award of India?

Will Ministry of  Home Affairs  issue appropriate guidelines to  the awardees  to stop  the misuse ?

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About A.K.Saxena

A K SAXENA, an Indian national, is a retired civil servant from Government of India He is also a freelance journalist with several published investigative articles and columns in various fields to his credit. His writings are a reflection of his interest in writing on divergent themes and making the topics relevant to a wider audience. A post graduate in Chemistry from University of Delhi,he could not sustain his interest in pursuing research and instead chose to enter the government service through the IAS etc exam held by the UPSC. “KALASAVYA” that brought out several publications besides organizing cultural shows.


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