Sunday, 4 August 2013


Durga Shakti Nagpal

Durga Shakti Nagpal is a 2009-batch IAS officer posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.
She secured an all-India rank of 20 in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examinations in 2009.
Ms. Nagpal was initially an officer in the Punjab cadre and later changed to Uttar Pradesh (UP) cadre after her marriage to Abhishek Singh, who is an IAS officer of the UP cadre. She was posted in Ghaziabad as a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) in September 2012, and then got appointed as SDM of Gautam Budh Nagar..

Took action against the sand mafia in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh by forming special flying squads to stop the illegal sand-mining in the Yamuna and Hindon river banks. She had ordered the arrest of 15 people and imposed a fine of  2 crore on them. Under her, the administration confiscated 24 dumpers and 300 trolleys which were engaged in the illegal operations.

Crackdown of illegal mining

She oversaw a massive operation to stop illegal sand mining in the district, and used surprise and secrecy to arrest illegal miners and confiscate their machinery.Since April 2013, the Uttar Pradesh Police had filed 17 FIRs and in 22 cases, the Chief Judicial magistrates had ordered the arrest of illegal sand miners. From April to June 2013, the police had impounded 297 vehicles and machinery used for illegal mining and collected Rs 82.34 lakh in fines

On 25 July, the government transferred the mining officer of the Gautam Budh Nagar district Ashish Kumar to Bulandshahr. He was assisting Ms. Nagpal in the administrative crackdown. Before being transferred, Kumar survived three attempts on his life, the last one was on 9 February 2013. Ms. Nagpal was also targeted on April 26 2013, during a visit to the Kasna police station. These attacks were attributed to the sand mafia operating in the district.


Ms. Nagpal was suspended on 28 July 2013, after she inspected an under-construction mosque in Kadalpur village, in the Rabupura area of Greater Noida. The construction of the mosque had not been cleared by the state government.It is alleged that Samajwadi party leader Narendra Bhati, who has cabinet-minister rank, was frustrated by the drive against illegal mining and was reportedly responsible for getting her abruptly suspended. Later Narendra Bhati was recorded on video boasting about getting the officer suspended within 40 minutes.

After suspension
After the IAS officers' association protested on 29 July, Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary said that the suspension order will be reviewed, but despite the assurances, no decision has been taken After the suspension, Ms. Nagpal was attached to the Board of Revenue in Lucknow, the state capital. 

The administrative actions and subsequent suspension of Nagpal received widespread attention in India. She was widely praised for making efforts to clean-up the corruption in the Indian political system.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi stood in her support.
 Several serving and retired IAS officers like former Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) N. Vittal, Arun Bhatia, former Cabinet Secretary T. S. R. Subramanian and former CAG Vinod Rai have now come out in support of Ms. Nagpal.


"Lets together give our support to Her and lets stand in front of this Cruel System, It's our country and only we can give it a good future. Lets not depend upon the System and Ministers, they are worth of no use."

#content source: various sites and news channels

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