- As of January 1, 2021, there were a total of 5200 IAS officers in the country.
- The central government will decide the number of officers to be posted in the center.
- In May 2021, there was a conflict between the Center and West Bengal regarding IAS Alapan Bandyopadhyay.
Protests have intensified over the Centre’s proposed amendment to the IAS deputation rules. The chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states have come out against it. After West Bengal and Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot have raised objections. Everyone has written a letter to PM Narendra Modi regarding this. At the same time, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have also raised objections. CM Mamta Banerjee wrote a letter to the PM for the second time in 8 days on Friday. He said that if this is not reconsidered, then there will be a big agitation. Former Jammu and Kashmir CM and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said that this is against the federal structure. Let us finally know what has been said in the amendment.
What are IAS Cadre Rules?
Citing the availability of sufficient number of IAS officers for appointment at the Centre, the Modi government has proposed to amend the rules for the appointment of IAS officers. The Center has asked the states to give their views on this by January 25. It is believed that the central government can introduce this amendment in the budget session of Parliament starting from January 31. As of January 1, 2021, there were a total of 5200 IAS officers in the country, out of which 458 were posted at the Centre.
What are the big changes?
If the states delay in sending an officer to the center, then that officer will be relieved from the cadre. The central government will decide the number of officers to be posted in the center, the states will accept it. In any disagreement between the State and the Center regarding the officer, the decision of the Center will be considered. If the Center needs officers in the public interest, the states will relieve them in due time. At present, the officer has to take NOC from the state government to go to the centre.
When and where did the center-states clash?
In May 2021, there was a conflict between the Center and West Bengal over IAS Alapan Bandyopadhyay. In December 2020, the Bengal government did not agree to send three IPS officers to the Centre. In 2001, the Atal government had a dispute with the Jayalalithaa government of Tamil Nadu over IPS officers.
What is the Center telling the reason for the amendment?
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has proposed to amend the existing rules for appointment of IAS officers to ensure adequate availability of IAS officers at the Centre. As per the existing rules, states are required to appoint officers, including IAS-IPS, in central government offices and at any point of time this cannot exceed 40% of the total cadre strength. There is a long shortage of officers at the Center due to non-release of officers from the states.
letter to PM Modi
Bhupesh Baghel wrote a letter to the Prime Minister saying that it can be politically misused. He said that the proposal to amend the rules related to the cadre of the All India Services provides for posting of officers unilaterally without the consent of the State Government and the concerned officer. This is against the federal spirit as enshrined in the Constitution. On the other hand, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said that after this amendment, no officer will be able to work with integrity. The sword of action will hang on him. He said- This amendment will violate the constitutional jurisdiction fixed for the central and state governments.