Published On: Mon, May 4th, 2020

Haryana cadre IAS officer resigns, cites personal safety on govt duty’ as reason

New Delhi: A 2014-batch IAS officer of the Haryana cadre resigned on Monday, citing ‘personal safety on government duty’ as the reason for it.

IAS officer Rani Nagar has resigned from service.

The Opposition Congress termed her resignation ‘shocking’, asking Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar if it was not a “proof of his failure”.

Rani Nagar (35), currently posted as Director, Archives Department, sent her resignation to the state chief secretary, requesting to forward it to a competent authority in the Union government.

Nagar said she is also sending copies of the resignation letter to the president, prime minister, Haryana governor and the chief minister through e-mail.

“The reason for submitting this resignation is the personal safety on government duty,” she said in a letter to the chief secretary.

“I do hereby most humbly submit to you my resignation from the post of Indian Administrative Service with immediate effect, that is effective from May 4, 2020, forenoon,” she wrote.

The letter was also posted on her Facebook page.

She later left Chandigarh for her hometown Ghaziabad.

Recently, Nagar had posted on her Facebook page that she will resign after the coronavirus lockdown was lifted.

Nagar had come into limelight in June 2018, when she had accused an additional chief secretary-level bureaucrat of harassing her, a charge denied by the officer.

In December 2017, when she was posted as the sub divisional magistrate of Dabawali in Sirsa district, police had lodged a case of tresspass against an unidentified person on her complaint.

Nagar had then posted a video on her Facebook page, alleging that police “failed to initiate a prompt action” on her compliant. Meanwhile, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala termed her resignation “a shocking incident”.

Hitting out at the BJP-JJP government in the state, Surjewala said, “A senior woman IAS officer has given her resignation stating that she feels unsafe.”

“If a woman IAS officer resigns on the grounds citing personal safety on government duty as the reason, then who will safe in Haryana. Is this not no confidence in your government, is this not a living proof of your failure,” Surjewala said hitting out at the chief minister.

PTI

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