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Don’t abuse the process: SC on Bengal’s plea to bypass UPSC in appointing DGP

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New Delhi, Sep 3 The Supreme Court on Friday criticised the West Bengal government for repeatedly filing applications seeking autonomy to select the Director General of Police (DGP).

In the present application, the state government contended that the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has neither the jurisdiction nor the expertise to consider and appoint the DGP of a state.

A bench headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao told the West Bengal government counsel that it has been making repeated applications, containing the same prayers, despite the fact that similar applications were rejected earlier.

Senior advocate Sidharth Luthra, representing the West Bengal government, submitted that through this intervention application, the state seeks top court’s permission to appoint its own DGP without UPSC’s involvement.

The bench told Luthra, “We will be very frank. Don’t file repeated applications.”

Luthra said, “That is why I have come in amicus petition seeking impleadment”.

The bench said it will not permit and added that it is an abuse of the process and not expected from a state government.

The bench asked the state government to withdraw the petition.

The bench said: “We’ll allow you to withdraw this application and you may argue this point in the amicus. We have individuals who file petitions, if states also start doing this, how will we hear the matters?”

The top court allowed the state’s application for impleadment in the matter, which is regarding implementation of the directions in the Prakash Singh judgment by states. The top court will take up the matter in October.

The state government, in the application, contended that the Centre and states act within a well-defined sphere, coordinated, but at the same time independent of each other.

“The function of the UPSC is limited to providing consultation on the principles to be followed in the promotion and transfer and on the suitability of the candidates for such appointments and not to itself select the officers for a panel as directed by the Hon’ble Court”, said the state’s plea.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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