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CHIEF MINISTER ASHOK CHAVAN REVIVES LAW TO STOP IAS OFFICERS SWITCHING OVER TO PRIVATE SECTOR

rad-flag-to-babusChief minister Ashok Chavan said the government would act sternly against ex-bureaucrats on the payroll of corporate houses if they are found working against the government to serve the interest of their employers. As of now, bureaucrats are free to relinquish their services to join the private sector albeit with the permission of the centre-state. The initiative was aimed at cutting cost and ensuring that the bureaucrats acquire expertise by working in private firms. Usually the corporate sector prefers IAS officers, as they know administrative secrets and push their projects with the help of their contacts in bureaucracy. Hence, the state has decided to enforce an existing law that makes a two-year break compulsory before a retired bureaucrat takes up any assignments with business houses. The law was relaxed in mid 90’s and officers were encouraged to take up corporate assignments, as the government wanted to reduce its administration expenses.

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