A senior IAS officer in Uttar Pradesh has to pay the price for making a sensational allegation against the state government.
Nodal officer of Basti and 1999 batch IAS officer Ashok Kumar said only those who have the capacity to pay a bribe of Rs 70 lakh are posted as the district magistrate.
He also alleged that he was not considered for posting as district magistrate as he could not pay a bribe of Rs 70 lakh.
Quickly, the UP government released the orders of his suspension. The government considered the statement as an issue of discipline.
He was the secretary national integration. He had gone to Basti to supervise and monitor the implementation of the development and welfare schemes. He visited the district hospital and also inspected the progress of the construction of the rural link road and ordered the suspension of a block development officers and recommended action against the DPRO.
During the interaction with the local media a local scribe complained of extortion by the district panchyatraj officer (DPRO) who was openly taking bribe of Rs 70,000 for appointment as rural development officers in panchyatraj department.
Following this, Kumar talked about sensitivity to be shown in the work culture and said the DM has to look after various work from time to time. Then he said that lack of money prevented him from becoming a DM.