Centre Vs State On IAS Deputation – Free PDF Download


The procedure as of now

  • The Establishment Officer in DoPT invites nominations from State governments.
  • Officers of AIS from states who are interested for central deputation can give nomination through state government.
  • Once the nomination is received, their eligibility is scrutinised by a panel and then an offer list is prepared, usually done with the State government on board.
  • Central ministries and other offices can then choose from the list of officers on offer.
  • Note: The publication of the offer list on DoPT’s website was discontinued by the government in 2018 amid reports that not many State government officers were willing to move to the Centre.

The News

  • Recently, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has sent a communication to all States seeking their opinion on the proposal to amend Rule 6 (deputation of cadre officers) of the Indian Administrative Service (Cadre) Rules 1954.
  • Through the amendments, the Union government plans to acquire powers to depute IAS/IPS and IFoS officers to the Central Government and Ministries without necessarily taking the State government’s nod.

Changes proposed

  • States should make available the names of such officers (Central deputation reserve (CDR)) who can be deputed to the Centre. The CDR cannot be more than 40% of the actual strength at any point.
  • If there is any disagreement between the Centre and the State, the matter shall be decided by the Central government and the State shall give effect to the decision of the Centre “within a specified time.
  • If the State government delays posting a State cadre officer to the Centre and does not give effect to the Central government’s decision within the specified time, “the officer shall stand relieved from cadre from the date as may be specified by the Central government.
    • Today, the officers have to get a NOC from the State government.
  • In a specific situation where services of cadre officers are required by the Central government in “public interest” the State shall give effect to its decisions, within a specified time.

Why Central govt is doing this?

  • According to 2021 data, of the total 6,709 IAS officers in the country, only 445 were posted with the Union (6.6%).
    • In 2014, of the 4,605 officers, 651 were posted with the Union (14 %).
  • In 2021, only 10% mid-level IAS officers (deputy secretary/director, 9-14 years experience) were posted with the Centre, a sharp fall from 19% in 2014.
  • DoPT said in spite of existing provisions, States are not sponsoring adequate numbers of officers for Central deputation and the available officers are not sufficient to meet requirements.

What next?

  • Before January 2022 communique, DoPT had sent similar communications on December 20 2021 & December 27 2021.
  • About 6 States opposed the move and the rest did not respond.
  • DoPT in recent communication has given the States time till January 25 to reply.
  • Note: In 2021 and 2020, DoPT sent letters cautioning States that not sending enough officers may affect the future cadre review proposals.

Why states opposed?

  • West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has written two letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying it was against the “spirit of cooperative federalism”. Chhattisgarh CM and Rajasthan CM have also written to Mr. Modi.




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