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IAS officers and central posting

Date: 22 January 2022 Tags: Bills & Laws

Issue

To exercise greater control in central deputation of IAS officials, the centre has proposed amendments to the IAS (Cadre) Rules.

 

Details

    • The Rule-6 (1) of the IAS (Cadre) Rules-1954 controls central deputation in the Indian Administrative Service.

    • The officer of one cadre can be deputed to centre, another state or any company or association with the concurrence of the state government.

    • In case of disagreement, the matter shall be resolved by centre and state or the state shall give effect to the decision of the Central Government.

 

Proposed changes

    • The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has expressed concerns that state governments were not sponsoring adequate number of officers for central deputation.

    • Due to this, the officers available for central deputation are not sufficient to meet the requirement at Centre.

    • The change will insert a rule that will make states reserve a minimum number of officers from various levels of service, who are eligible for central deputation.

    • The officers to be deputed to the Central Government shall be decided by the Central Government in consultation with State Government concerned.

 

Opposition

    • The centre may seek the services of such officers for posting under the Central Government in public interest. This clause has been opposed.

    • States say that by insisting on officers to be made available for deputation through the proposed amendment, the administration of States will be affected.

 

Selection for central deputation

The centre asks states to provide a list of officers of the All India Services (IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service) willing to go on central deputation, from which it selects officers.

 

Options for state

    • The rule clearly states that deputation to centre should take place through consent of the officer and the state government.

  • In case of non-consent from the state government regarding central deputation, the centre has to relent.