A senior IAS official in Jharkhand, who was appointed Commissioner of the North Chhotanagpur Division, has been served with a final warning for not accepting the new post.
According to a letter issued by the Department of Personnel, Administrative Reforms and Rajbhasha, as per its notification on June 13, the then Panchayati Raj Secretary Vandana Dadel was transferred as the Commissioner of North Chhotanagpur division. But despite being notified 28 days ago, she is yet to assume charge.
After the notification, Dadel on June 15 had applied for cancellation of her transfer, citing child care as the reason. After review, the government rejected her application on June 24.
The department said that as the officer was not interested in taking charge, she was making an excuse in the name of child care, adding that she had already availed 56 days of leave for child care.
The department said that as Dadel failed to assume her office, law and order problems were witnessed in Hazaribagh and Ramgarh districts.
"In wake of the reasons of not obeying orders of the government, it has been decided to cancel her leave and give her a last chance to assume office as the Commissioner of the division as soon as possible or else she would be facing disciplinary action," it said.
Interestingly, the 1996 batch officer had questioned Chief Minister Raghubar Das' statement on religious conversion of tribals in October last year.
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