Cracking a whip against missing Babus, the Centre has initiated disciplinary action against bureaucrats who did not turn up for work after the expiry of their leave period, without any notification. So far it has taken action against 23 IAS and 1 IPS officer for violating the All India Service Rules and they have been deemed resigned from the service.
Since August this year, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) initiated disciplinary proceedings against 1999 batch MP cadre officer Anil Yadav and 1991 batch officer LV Nilesh. Yadav, who was the Collector of Seoni, MP has been on leave since 2007 and Nilesh joined Microsoft in the US in 2000 while he was on leave and did not inform the DoPT. However, before taking any action against missing bureaucrats, the government needs to take the state into confidence which delays such proceedings. In the case of Amit Jain, a 1991 batch Sikkim cadre officer who is on unauthorised absence for the past nine years, the government moved the file only in October. He went on a two year study leave in 2001 and did not turn up at his office when sanctioned leave expired in June 2003. Similarly, Alok Khare, a 1992 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre has been missing since 2008. The DoPT has asked the state government to initiate action against the officer.