The government of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday issued an order asking former Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan to explain why disciplinary proceedings under the relevant rules should not be initiated against her, near seven months after the retirement of the 1983 IAS agent.
The order was issued by Chief Secretary Aditya Nath Das.
The Andhra Pradesh government accused her of violating the provisions of the All India Service Rules of Conduct, 1968.
He also accused the retired bureaucrat of abusing her position “for personal gain, contrary to established rules, regulations and practices.”
The question concerns the conversion of extraordinary leave into paid leave / half-paid leave dating from 2005 and 2006 in accordance with AIS rules (leave).
Preeti Sudan, then managing director of AP State Civil Supplies Corporation, was granted an extraordinary one-year leave from March 1, 2005 to join her family in the United States.
She then asked the government for permission to use her time in the United States to undertake a study with the World Bank’s Development Research Unit, where her husband Randeep Sudan, also from the IAS 1983 group, was working on missions abroad.
Her leave was extended until May 31, 2006.
The order was issued Tuesday by Chief Secretary Aditya Nath Das.
Preeti Sudan retired on July 31 of last year after a three-month extension.
The Undersecretary of the Union’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (see office memorandum n ° A-19011/1/2017-Estt.I, dated February 12, 2020) converted the extraordinary leave from Preeti Sudan on paid leave / half-paid leave.
Subsequently, she wrote a letter on February 25, 2020, stating that no action was due on the issues and “therefore the case is closed for this purpose as well.”
The AP government has now raised an objection saying that the memorandum from the office of the undersecretary was “irrelevant under the influence of the service member who was the secretary of the government of India, Ministry of Health and Family at the time”.
“The State Government of Andhra Pradesh, with the agreement of the Government of India, Personnel and Training Department, is the competent authority to convert the leave already sanctioned and the matter is being corresponded with them . “
“The Indian government’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has no locus standi to follow up on the said letter,” the chief secretary observed, citing a letter addressed to his office by the DoPT.
“She is therefore requested to submit her version within two weeks to explain why disciplinary proceedings under the relevant rules should not be initiated. If no response is received, it will be interpreted that she has no explanation to offer and further action will be taken. according to the material available, ”added the Chief Secretary.
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