New Delhi: The Division of Personnel and Coaching (DoPT) has not too long ago proposed modifications within the IAS (Cadre) Guidelines, 1954, which can take away the states’ energy to override the Centre’s request for searching for officers on central deputation.
The transfer got here reportedly as a result of the variety of officers obtainable beneath central deputation isn’t enough to fulfill the Centre’s requirement.
The DoPT’s proposal, despatched to the chief secretaries of all state governments on January 12, states that in particular conditions the place providers of cadre officer(s) are required by the Central authorities in public curiosity, the Central authorities might search the providers of such officer(s) for posting beneath the Central authorities, and the state authorities involved shall give impact to the choice of the Central authorities inside the specified time, PTI reported.
The proposal additional states that wherever the state authorities involved doesn’t give impact to the Central authorities’s choice inside the specified time, the officer(s) shall stand relieved from cadre from the date as could also be specified by the Centre.
The DoPT had written to the chief secretaries of all state governments on December 20, 2021, after which reminders have been despatched on December 27, 2021, and January 6 and January 12.
The January 12 letter mentions the Central authorities’s energy to override the states’ disagreement on sending the officers on deputation.
The state governments have been requested to furnish their feedback on the proposed modifications by January 25, 2022.
The Centre had in June final yr requested all state governments to appoint extra officers for central deputation on the stage of deputy secretary, director and joint secretary, citing their scarcity.
Officers of the extent of deputy secretary/director and above are often appointed in central authorities ministries/departments (i.e. on central deputation) beneath the Central Staffing Scheme (CSS).
Each cadre a state/states or states and union territories — is allowed a central deputation reserve to make sure that officers have the chance to work on deputation, together with that beneath the CSS, which provides to their expertise.
Quoting sources, PTI reported that the non-availability of enough variety of officers on the Centre is affecting the functioning of the Central authorities since New Delhi wants the providers of those officers to acquire recent inputs in coverage formulation and programme implementation.
The sources additionally mentioned the Central authorities wants them to utilise their huge area expertise by the use of offering important inputs for coverage planning and formulation.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had objected to the Centre’s transfer and written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to roll again the proposal claiming it’s going to have an effect on the administration of states.
The present guidelines enable mutual session for officers’ central deputation.
The ruling dispensation in New Delhi, nevertheless, on Friday defended its proposed modifications within the service guidelines stating the states should not sparing enough variety of IAS officers for deputation which is affecting the Central authorities’s functioning.
Sources within the DoPT that mentioned a pattern of lowering illustration of the IAS officers, as much as the Joint Secretary-level on the Centre, has been seen as a lot of the states should not assembly their Central Deputation Reserve (CDR) obligations and the variety of officers, sponsored by them to serve on the Centre are a lot lesser.
Sources mentioned the variety of IAS officers on CDR has gone down from 309 in 2011 to 223 as on date, including the share of CDR utilisation has gone down from 25 % in 2011 to 18 % as on date.
Sources mentioned the variety of such officers on central deputation has gone down from 117 to 114 in the course of the interval regardless of improve of the IAS officers at deputy secretary/director stage from 621 in 2014 to 1,130 in 2021.
Sources additional mentioned the motion of officers from the states to the Centre and vice versa is mutually helpful to each because it permits the skilled progress of the officers moreover contributing in the direction of higher coordination with the states for efficient programme implementation.
Stating the rationale quoted by a lot of the state cadres for not sponsoring the variety of officers as per prescribed CDR is the scarcity of officers within the cadre, sources mentioned contemplating the identical and the truth that scarcity of officers within the cadres, if any, needs to be shared mutually between the Centre and the states.
States response on Centre’s choice:
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel have written to Prime Minister Modi, urging him to not go forward with an modification proposing a change in deputation rule for the IAS officers.
Gehlot in his letter mentioned that the modification to Rule 6 of the Indian Administrative Service (Cadre) Guidelines, 1954, will allow the Union authorities name an officer on deputation with out the consent of the officer involved and the state authorities, in keeping with a PTI report.
The Rajasthan Chief Minister mentioned the proposed change goes to have an effect on the spirit of cooperative federalism.
Stating the choice will violate the constitutional jurisdiction prescribed for the Centre and state governments, Gehlot additional mentioned it’s going to scale back the spirit of working fearlessly and faithfully.
Quoting India’s first residence minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Gehlot mentioned, “If you would like an environment friendly all-India service, I counsel you that you simply give the providers a possibility to specific themselves freely.”
“If you’re a service recipient, it is going to be your responsibility to permit your secretary or chief secretary or different providers beneath you to specific their opinion with out concern or favour. With out it, you’ll not have Akhand Bharat,” he added.
The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister whereas elevating comparable considerations over the matter urged the Prime Minister to rethink the proposed amendments as they’re towards the spirit of cooperative federalism and if carried out might result in “collapse” of administrative system of states.
He mentioned the amended guidelines might put officers posted in states in dilemma in discharging their duties and will result in a state of affairs of instability.
Within the letter to Prime Minister Modi, Baghel mentioned the Authorities of India has proposed amendments to the All India Companies Guidelines and sought opinion from states on this regard.
He added that the proposed amendments would allow the Centre to unilaterally put up the all India providers officers on central deputation with out getting consent of states and the involved officer, which is towards the federal spirit adopted and outlined within the Structure.