A report in a daily wanted by the BJP, which had published Palemar?s statement while
participating in a local function that ?Action would be taken immediately to dismiss
irresponsible officers,? has attracted much attention. Palemar should at least clarify as to
under what rule is it possible to dismiss any officer without an enquiry.
Palemar who had to face censure from none else than the Lokayukta after trying
to suspend the forest officer Gokul in Uttara Kannada district, has now said that
irresponsible officers would be sent home. Is it that the minister has no legal knowledge
or despite having the knowledge, was trying to project himself a hero in public
eyes through such a statement? As far as my knowledge goes, any officer facing
serious charges of dereliction of duty can be placed under suspension and then a
recommendation would be made by the minister to the Chief Secretary to undertake an
enquiry. That too, the minister has no authority to directly suspend the officer. He also
cannot place under suspension any officer of a department not related to him.
Palemar who had burnt his hands after trying to suspend Gokul who does not come under
his ports department, now saying that he would send erring officers home, has given
room for a public debate if the administration in the state is as per the rule of law or as
per the whims and fancies of the ministers.
It?s true that the Supreme Court has empowered the government to suspend corrupt and
inefficient officials but even that has a certain mechanism. There should be evidences
to prove that they are corrupt and inefficient ; there should also be an enquiry into the
Are we under any Gaddafi rule that a minister can directly dismiss an officer for the sole
reason that he has not paid heed to his dictat? It is indeed surprising that a minister of a
government which let alone honour the recommendations of the Lokayukta, even does
not hesitate to promote tainted officials, has made such a statement
The District Minister Palemar also holding the environment portfolio, who has until
now failed to shut down the UPCL which has made life hell like for Padubidri and
Nandikur people, is now speaking about dismissing officials.
In case he wants to dismiss any official, let him first send home the mines department
and police officials who had to face Lokayukta enquiry in connection with the detection
of illegal stocking of sand in the college owned by the minister. Instead of taking any
step, Palemar has moved the court against the media which has exposed the illegal sand