IAS officers go on leave en masse today
Thiruvananthapuram: IAS officers have informed that there is no change in their stand to take leave en masse on Monday to protest against "dissatisfaction over allowing Jacob Thomas to continue abusing his powers."
Many senior officers have submitted the leave application to the Chief Secretary. The IAS officers will meet Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday morning to submit a complaint against Jacob Thomas.
The main complaint is that Jacob Thomas is taking law into his own hands and is misusing power.
A note issued to press after a meeting of several IAS officers held yesterday accused the Vigilance Director of unleashing vindictive actions against officers who have either pointed out his illegal misdoings or questioned his powers to take law into his hands. The note also said the government was "protecting" Thomas even though there were reports of allegations against him.
Meanwhile, the government has started efforts to ensure that the fight between IAS officials and Jacob Thomas do not lead to an administrative standstill.
Unofficial discussions were held at the ministerial level to pacify the IAS officals.
However, the officials stood firm on the stand to take leave en masse on Monday.
The reason for the sudden provocation is that Vigilance named senior IAS officer and Additional Chief Secretary (Industries) Paul Antony as third accused in the case related to alleged nepotism in the appointment of a relative by former Industries Minister E P Jayarajan.