Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024


The Uttar Pradesh authorities has issued a clarification concerning the categorisation of ‘Very Important Persons’ (VIPs) for the aim of forwarding complaints in opposition to public servants.

Former MLAs, MPs and plenty of different notable people will not get pleasure from VIP standing when forwarding grievance letters in opposition to public servants, signalling a shift within the therapy of such grievances by the federal government.

An order issued on this regard by the federal government specifies that solely sitting MPs and MLAs in addition to chairpersons of constitutional our bodies can be thought of VIPs on this context.

“I am directed to clarify that sitting MPs and MLAs alone will be counted as VIPs. Additionally, sitting chairpersons of various constitutional bodies will also be counted as VIPs, ” particular secretary, personnel, Rajesh Pratap Singh mentioned, including that any particular person apart from categorized as VIPs might want to submit an affidavit to confirm the complainant whereas forwarding a grievance via letter.

In 1997, the state authorities made provisions for the disposal of complaints acquired from numerous sources in opposition to authorities officers and workers.

According to those guidelines as reiterated within the order, earlier than initiating any motion on the grievance letter acquired from a VIP, it’s vital to tell the VIP involved and get verified that the grievance letter is signed by him/her solely and he/she is happy concerning the expenses levelled within the letter.

In instances of complaints acquired from different sources, the principles mandate taking an affidavit from the complainant and satisfactory proof for verification of the complainant earlier than any motion on the grievance is launched.

However, until now there was no categorisation of who can be counted as a VIP for the aim of therapy of a grievance in opposition to a public servant due to which a number of confusion prevailed whereas disposing complaints that authorities used to obtain via letters from sitting in addition to ex-MPs, MLAs, former ministers, members of constitutional our bodies and different notable individuals.

“The government has issued the clarification because a lot of internal correspondence often had to be made to seek clarity on whether a particular complaint received from a particular dignitary will be treated as one received from a VIP and disposed accordingly, ” mentioned particular secretary, personnel, Rajesh Pratap Singh.

“Now, it has been clarified that only sitting MPs, MLAs and heads of constitutional bodies will be considered as VIPs for the disposal of complaint letters against government officers and employees, ” he mentioned.

While the brand new modifications do intention at getting rid of ambiguity, putting present officeholders on the forefront of the method and reshaping the protocol for submitting complaints in opposition to public servants, satirically the current clarification itself has left some confusion and will have to additional clarification.

“In the new order, there is no clarity on whether sitting MLCs will be treated as VIPs or not, ” identified an official.

“Also, the translation of the term ‘Samvaidhanik nikayo’ provided in the bracket in the order in Hindi is ‘statutory body’ which is not correct, and it should have been ‘constitutional body’. This will again create some confusion, ” he added.

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