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IAS officers central deputation

Date: 01 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The central government has asked Chief Secretary of West Bengal to report for its service even though there has been no mutual request.

 

Background

The chief secretary was set to retire in May 2021 but was given an extension by the state government due to exceptional condition.

 

Details

  • An officer posted as Chief Secretary of a state can be given an extension by six months if their service is needed for a particular purpose.

  • Rule 16(1) of DCRB (Death-cum-Retirement Benefit) Rules says that such extension can be provided only through permission of Central Government.

 

Central deputation

  • The centre asks states to provide a list of officers from All-India Services (IAS and IPS) who are willing to go on a central deputation.

  • Rule 6(1) of the IAS Cadre says that such deputation requires consensus from state governments and also the centre or another state government.

 

Earlier incidents

  • The Home Ministry had written to the West Bengal chief secretary to withdraw medals from IPS officers who had participated in a Dharna organised by the Chief Minister.

  • In 2020, the centre had asked IPS officers in-charge of JP Nadda’s security to report to the centre. The state government had however refused to accept the order citing shortage of officers.

 

Way ahead

  • The centre has no powers to punish civil service officials serving under the state government. The state and central government should agree for punishing the officer.

  • The official can decline extension and retire or report to the centre. If he plans to continue extension under state government, it could affect retirement benefits.

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