'Ensure that Durga Nagpal is fairly treated': Full text of Sonia's letter to PM
Following is the text of of the letter dated 2 August written by Gandhi as Chairperson, National Advisory Council.
Coming out in support of suspended Uttar Pradesh IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure that the officer is not unfairly treated.
Following is the text of of the letter dated 2 August written by Gandhi as Chairperson, National Advisory Council:
Dear Prime Minister,
It is reported that Ms Durga Shakti Nagpal, a young IAS officer of UP has been hastily suspended for unsubstantiated reasons. There is widespread concern because the officer, in the course of her public duty, was seen to be standing upto vested interests engaging in illegal activity.
We must ensure that the officer is not unfairly treated. At the same time, this particular instance has highlighted the need to assess whether there are adequate safeguards in place to protect executive functionaries working beyond the average call of duty to uphold the law.
The implementation machinery must feel that the conditions are conducive to the delivery of public services without fear or favour. I know that some good beginnings have been made towards administrative reforms, but the issues that have come to be profiled in Ms Nagpal's case also need focus.
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