AP govt accuses ex-union health secretary Preeti Sudan of misusing position “to derive personal gain”

AP govt accuses ex-union health secretary Preeti Sudan of misusing position “to derive personal gain”

Amaravati, Feb 23 (PTI) The Andhra Pradesh government
on Tuesday issued an order asking former Union Health
Secretary Preeti Sudan to explain why disciplinary proceedings
under relevant rules should not be initiated against her,
close to seven months after the 1983 batch IAS officer retired
from service.
The order was issued by Chief Secretary Aditya Nath
Das.
The AP government accused her of violating the
provisions of the All India Service (Conduct) Rules, 1968.
It also accused the retired bureaucrat of misusing
her position “in order to derive personal gain, contrary to
the rules, regulations and established practices.”

The issue pertains to conversion of extraordinary
leave into earned leave/half-pay leave dating back to the
years 2005 and 2006 as per AIS (Leave) Rules.

Sudan, who was the then Managing Director of AP
State Civil Supplies Corporation, obtained a year-long
extraordinary leave from March 1, 2005, to join her family in
the United States.

She subsequently applied for government permission to
utilise her time in the USA to take up a study with the
Development Research Unit of World Bank, where her husband
Randeep Sudan, also of the IAS 1983 batch, was working on
foreign assignment.

Her leave was further extended till May 31, 2006.

The order was issued by Chief Secretary Aditya Nath
Das on Tuesday.

Preeti Sudan retired from service on July 31 last
year, after a three-month extension.

The Under Secretary in the Union Department of Health
and Family Welfare (vide an Office Memorandum No.A-
19011/1/2017-Estt.I, dated February 12, 2020) converted
Sudans extraordinary leave into earned leave/half-pay leave.

Following that, she wrote a letter on February 25,
2020 stating there was no action due on the issues and “so the
matter is closed at this end also.”

The AP government has now raised an objection saying
the Under Secretarys office memorandum was “without
competency under the influence of the Member of Service who
was the Secretary to Government of India, Department of Health
and Family Welfare at that time.”

“The State Government of Andhra Pradesh, with the
concurrence of the Government of India, Department of
Personnel and Training, is the competent authority to convert
the leave already sanctioned and the matter is under
correspondence with them.”

“The Department of Health and Family Welfare,
Government of India has no locus standi to take action 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, as to why disciplinary proceedings under
relevant rules should not be initiated.If no reply is
received, it will be construed that she has no explanation to
offer and further action will be taken based on the material
available,” the Chief Secretary added.PTI DBV BN
BN BN

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