Thiruvananthapuram: The state currently has only 99 IAS officers when the requirement is of 164. Ten serving IAS officers are facing Vigilance inquiry, with Raju Narayana Swamy and TO Sooraj already awaiting departmental action. This was revealed in a reply obtained under the Right To Information Act.
Chief minister Oommen Chandy had lamented the dearth of IAS officers in the state when it had come to light that so many IAS posts were lying vacant.
One official, X. Anil IAS, has been facing two Vigilance inquiry/cases. As per an RTI reply provided by P. Usha Rani, under secretary and state information officer, Anil allegedly abused official position by “entering into a criminal conspiracy,” and sanctioned and released an amount of Rs.100 lakh as term loan to M/s JJ Holiday Resorts, a hotel project at Munnar, without obtaining proper application. The second case against Anil is over an allegation that he illegal sanctioned Rs.5 crore to Kerala State Agro Co-op Bank, Kannur, from Kerala State Co-op Bank.
Other IAS officials facing investigations by the Vigilance are PI Sheikh Pareeth, T. Bhaskaran, L. Radhakrishnan, Ishita Roy, Rajeev Sadanandan, Jiji Thompson, Jose Issac, Anand Singh and Biswanath Sinha. Raju Narayana Swamy and TO Sooraj are awaiting departmental action against them for ‘misconduct’ and violation of central government instructions and the all India service (conduct) rules and in relation to the Marad beach violence in Kozhikode.
An inquiry has been ordered against Dr. B. Ashok, vice chancellor, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, over some comments he made against K.
Jayakumar, the then chief secretary. Dr. KM Abraham, additional chief secretary, is the inquiry officer.
As per the reply, the maximum number of posts to be held by an IASofficer apart from chief secretary Jose Cyriac is MG Rajamanickam as director of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, project directorof Kerala Land Information Mission (Bhumi Keralam), executive directorof Jalanidhi and director of Survey and Land Revenue Records.