12 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Turf war erupts

Turf war erupts

 The last two months have witnessed a turf war between the IAS and IPS lobbies in Maharashtra over the posts of transport commissioner and excise commissioner. The IPS lobby has given a representation to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis that, like in a few other states, these posts should be manned by an officer from the IPS cadres. However, the IAS lobby is refusing to let go of them.
Sources say that the proposal was moved by Director General of Police (DGP) Satish Mathur around two months ago. Mathur argued that both the transport and excise services are uniformed services and, like the police, law-enforcement falls under their purview. Hence, these departments can be better supervised by officers with experience of law enforcement.


The IAS lobby however is strongly defending its turf. It claims that since the posts of transport and excise commissioner are allocated to the IAS, any changes would require permission from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

The CMO is however treading carefully. It has however accepted the suggestion to create a post for an IPS officer in the Protocol Department, and also to have one senior IPS officer in the state government’s disaster management centre.


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