The Uttar Pradesh government has dropped charges against an IAS officer who was demoted last year for suspected Covid mismanagement. After UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath challenged BN Singh’s covid preventive measures during the early days of the virus outbreak in April last year, he was suspended from the post of District Magistrate Gautam Buddh Nagar.
Following his contact with the CM, the government launched an administrative inquiry into BN Singh on March 30th of last year. In September, the officer responded to the government officials’ allegations with a written response. The response was deemed satisfactory by medical and home department authorities, and the investigation was halted.
The government released a new order on Saturday, confirming that the disciplinary action was officially withdrawn. The IAS officer from the 2009 batch is now awaiting assignment.
The CM expressed his displeasure with Noida’s covid containment initiatives in April last year, following a cluster in a fire protection firm that resulted in multiple incidents. After a heated argument between the then DM and CM Adityanath, during a meeting, Singh requested to go on a three-month leave.
“For personal reasons, I would like to be sent on leave for three months and I do not want to continue in the post of DM. To ensure that there is no administrative discontinuity in the efforts against coronavirus, kindly appoint another officer,” said BN Singh in a statement.
The officials said that their failure to perform their duties resulted in the spread of infections. “A departmental investigation into B N Singh has been launched, which will be led by an IAS officer. The main charge levelled against the official is that the fire safety firm in Noida was not properly sealed, resulting in an increase in coronavirus cases in the region. In the meantime, he is attached to the Board of Revenue.”