Centre vs State: CMs Oppose Proposed Amendments to IAS Cadre Rules

Currently, states can veto an IAS or IPS officer’s Central Deputation, or issue an objection or no objection notice. The proposed amendment would take this power away.

File photo of PM Narendra Modi with IAS Probationary Officers. (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi: On January 12, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in a letter to the chief secretaries of all state governments, set out a ‘Proposal for Amendments in IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954’, saying that an officer whom the Union government wishes to put on deputation would “stand relieved” from his or her respective cadre, irrespective of the concerned state government’s consent within a stipulated time.

These proposed amendments to the IAS (Cadre) Rules would allow the Union government larger control over the deputation of IAS officials. While the DoPT says the amendments seek to overcome the shortage of IAS officers in the Union government, the proposed new rules will also take away the power of states to veto New Delhi’s request for officers.

Currently, states can veto an IAS or IPS officer’s Central deputation, or issue an objection or no objection notice. The proposed amendment would take this power away.

Many states have already expressed their strong reservations about the proposal to amend the Indian Administrative Service (Cadre) Rules, 1954, and written to the prime minister to urge him to roll back the proposed changes, claiming they will affect governance in the states.

Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin Requests PM Modi To Drop The Proposed Amendaments

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday requesting him to drop proposed amendments to IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954 and “instead engage with State governments to further strengthen the federal spirit of the nation.”

In the letter, Stalin stated, “The proposed amendments would cause irreparable damage to the spirit of cooperative federalism that exists between Union and the States and result in the concentration of powers with the Union Government.”

“I would also like to highlight the fact that many of the State Governments are also woefully short of officers at specific seniorities, primarily due to the wrong cadre management policies followed by the Union Government,” the letter read.

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Mamata Banerjee Calls New IAS Cadre Rules ‘Draconian, Non-Federal’

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the second time this month against the proposed amendment in the IAS cadre rules, calling them “draconian, non-federal” and urged him to withdraw the proposed amendments.

Kerala CM Vijayan Urges PM Modi to Roll Back Proposed IAS Cadre Rules

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to Prime Minister requesting him to drop the proposed amendments to the Indian Administrative Service Cadre Rules as it would “weaken cooperative federalism”.

He added that the proposed amendments in Deputation Rules of All India Services will induce fear and hesitancy among IAS Officers in implementing policies of state governments of parties politically opposed to ruling party at Centre.

Chhattisgarh CM Baghel Writes To PM Modi Over IAS Cadre Rules

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, protesting against the amendments proposed by the Centre in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) cadre rules, terming them “contrary to spirit of federalism enshrined in the Constitution of India”.

“Instances of action being taken by unnecessarily targeting members of All India Services exist in several incidents. There are adequate provisions in the present rules for balance and coordination between the state and central governments in the past. Therefore, the Government of Chhattisgarh strongly opposes the amendment in the cadre rules of All India Services and demands that the cadre rules should be kept as before,” he added.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot Says ‘It Affects The Spirit Of Federalism’

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on wrote to PM Narendra Modi opposing the Centre’s proposed amendments to the Indian Administrative Service Cadre Rules and said the move will violate the constitutional jurisdiction prescribed for the Central and State Governments and will reduce the spirit of working fearlessly and faithfully in the All India Service officers posted in the state.

“It has been said in the letter that after this amendment, the Central Government will be able to call the officers of the All India Service on deputation to the Center without the consent of the concerned officer and the State Government,” tweeted Gehlot.

Bury Proposed Amendments: Jharkhand CM To PM Modi

After the Central Government’s proposal to amend the IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Saturday expressed “strong reservations” on it, urging the Prime Minister to roll back the decision stating that the changes in rules for central deputation of IAS officers will promote ‘unilateralism’. 

(With Inputs from PTI and ANI)

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