Tuesday, October 31, 2017
In a rude shock to a senior IAS officer Bhanwarlal, the State government decided to initiate disciplinary action against him on the day of his retirement on Tuesday for failing to pay rent arrears.
Bhanwarlal, a 1983 batch IAS officer served as Chief Electoral Officer of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana State and Ex-Officio Special Chief Secretary (General Administration). The Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar issued a GO on Tuesday explaining the reasons for initiating disciplinary action.
According to the GO issued said that Bhanwarlal failed to pay the penal rent arrears of Rs.4,37,500 for unauthorized stay in Government Quarters, though he was directed to pay the arrears in 2007 itself. The conduct of the Member of Service not to pay penal rent arrears is unbecoming of the conduct of All India Service Officers. As such, Bhanwarlal failed to maintain absolute integrity, devotion to duty and exhibited conduct unbecoming rule 3(1) of All India Services (conduct) Rules, 1968 said the GO. He was directed to submit a written statement of defence and state whether he desires to be heard in person within 15 days of receipt of the order. Another GO was issued with regard to his retirement.
According to sources, Bhanwarlal worked as Hyderabad Collector from November 1996 to July 200- and resided in government bungalow at Banjara Hills. He stayed in the bungalow even though he was transferred till May 1, 2006. The government imposed a fine of Rs.17.50 lakh and reduced it to Rs.4,37,500. Bhanwarlal had given an explanation to this effect and the government after satisfying has withdrawn initiating the action. Later, he was promoted as Special Chief Secretary.
Bhanwarlal questions the standards of the government as it had earlier withdrawn the action and re-issuance of action on the day of his retirement shows that the government does want to live peacefully even after retirement.