IAS officer penalised with ‘compulsory retirement’ for his honesty
Bengaluru: A Principal Secretary-level honest IAS officer in Karnataka, who had spoken out against alleged corruption in the state government, has been penalised with ‘compulsory retirement’ for “indiscipline”, just three days before his tenure was to end.
M N Vijayakumar, a 1981-batch Karnataka cadre officer who was last posted as Officer on Special Duty, Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, (Departmental Inquiry Manual), has also been denied of his full retirement benefits.
“In Order, dated 27th April, 2015 the Government of India, Department of Personnel and Training has imposed the penalty of Compulsory Retirement on the Charged Officer, M N Vijayakumar, with the direction that the retirement benefits admissible to him shall be two-third of the admissible amount of pension prescribed in the All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958,” Karnataka government said in a notification.
Pursuant to the order, Vijayakumar was relieved from service with effect from the afternoon of April 27, 2015, it said.
Vijaykumar’s style of functioning had reportedly upset many of his senior colleagues as he complained against alleged wrong practises within the administration. He has also faced repeated transfers.
Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee had said a few days ago that the recommendation on compulsory retirement was sent three years ago and the decision was taken by the Union government as he had been charged with indiscipline.
Sources close to Vijayakumar said he would appeal against the decision. “The family can bear the financial loss, but is this the way to treat an officer who did not compromise with corruption?” emotionally asked a senior bureaucrat.