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Officials up in arms against partiality

Bihar Administrative Service (BAS) officials posted in Muzaffarpur district are up in arms against alleged discrimination.

According to sources, their anger is directed towards district magistrate (DM) Anupam Kumar and deputy development commissioner (DDC) Kanwal Tanuj. The members claimed they are reprimanded for turning up late at meetings but the practice is not followed in case of the DM or DDC.

These members owe allegiance to the Bihar Administrative Service Association (BASA). At present, there are 37 BAS officers posted here.

“BASA members are served showcause notices when they turn up late at meetings, even owing to genuine reasons, convened by the DM and DDC. Hence, we have decided to reply in the same language by boycotting the meetings in which the DM and DDC would turn up late.” BASA district unit president Bhanu Pratap Singh, who is an assistant collector (disaster management), said.

The BASA’s decision came in wake of the action taken by DDC Kanwal Tanuj who allegedly didn’t allow sub-divisional officer (east) Sunil Kumar and SDO (west) Noorul Haque Siwani to enter a meeting convened by the DDC on Saturday evening.

“Except in emergency, we have decided not to attend routine meetings convened by the DM and the DDC after 5pm, SDO (east) Sunil said.

DDC Tanuj said: “I did not ask anyone to leave the meeting. Rather, the SDOs were not allowed to attend as they reported late.”

DM Anupam said the members should have informed him about the alleged misconduct instead of taking any decision in haste.