While Centre looks to retain, UP IAS officers out in drain; 5 state administrators seek VRS in one month – ET Government

2005 batch IAS officer G Srinivasulu

It’s raining resignations of top IAS officers in Uttar Pradesh. Even as the Union government grapples over the shortage of key administrators at the Centre and looks to retain top bureaucrats via service extensions, the UP government seems to have failed to retain even serving officers as the list of IAS officers seeking voluntary retirement from services (VRS) in UP swells to five in just over a month.

The latest UP administrator to join the list of officers seeking VRS is the 2005 batch IAS officer G Srinivasulu. According to reports, Srinivasulu has already submitted his resignation from his current position of special secretary in the revenue department. “G. Srinivasulu has sent his resignation to the appointment department,” a top UP official told ETGovernment.

With the resignation of Srinivasulu, the number of top UP administrators seeking VRS has gone up to five. So far senior IAS officers including Vidya Bhushan, Renuka Kumar, Juthika Patankar and Vikas Gothwal have also sought VRS from the state government.

As per government records Srinivasulu has resigned eight years ahead of his due retirement on ‘personal grounds’. Earlier this month IAS officer Bhushan currently serving as MD of Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) also opted for VRS citing ‘personal reasons’. The 2008-batch officer, Bhushan is currently posted in Varanasi. His request for VRS comes after his wife and IPS officer Alankrita Singh, was suspended over an ‘unofficial’ visit to London in April.

While last month 1987-batch IAS officer Renuka Kumar who was suddenly repatriated to the UP cadre from the Centre, where she was posted as secretary in the ministry of minority affairs, applied for VRS on ‘family grounds’, IAS officer Juthika Patankar, a 1988-batch officer, who was on Central deputation since 2018 and currently posted as additional secretary in the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship, also sought VRS on similar grounds.

However, senior 2003-batch IAS officer Vikas Gothalwal has opted for an early retirement on health grounds. The spate of resignations in UP comes at a time when the crunch of top administrators have started to bite the governance at the Centre. The Centre just last month cleared the extension for senior IAS officer and Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla for a period of one year beyond August 22, 2022.

The crunch at the Centre is likely to drift north with four senior IAS officers including defence secretary Ajay Kumar, revenue secretary Tarun Bajaj, commerce secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, and mines secretary Alok Tandon slated to retire over next three months.

Meanwhile, 2005 batch IAS officer Srinivasulu, the latest to seek VRS, has held important positions in the past. Before being posted as special secretary in the revenue department he was posted in the finance department. Srinivasulu has held the post of ADM Jaunpur, DM of Hamirpur with a brief stint in Andhra Pradesh on inter cadre deputation.

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