The UP IAS association remains silent on the Centre’s decision to modify the delegation rules

The Indian Administrative Services Association of Uttar Pradesh (UP IAS Association) has kept a studied silence on the Centre’s decision to change the service rules with regard to the delegation of IAS cadre officers and other Indian services , including those who work with the Indian police. A service.

The silence of the UP IAS Association now contrasts with the fact that the organization has in the past spoken out on issues concerning the IAS framework.

The silence of the UP IAS Association on the issue of the proposed amendment to Rule 6 providing for the delegation of IAS officers to the Center may be the result of the state government’s apparent support for this decision.

“The IAS Association of Uttar Pradesh has not addressed the issue of the proposed amendment to the rules of the IAS framework. The state government is also favoring this move,” a senior IAS officer said.

Amid silence from the UP IAS Association, IAS officers (serving and retired) are expressing concern over the issue, although opinions are divided.

“The Union Government may at any time withdraw key officers from opposition led states if the center has a free hand. A middle course should rather be followed by making the consent of the officer concerned mandatory to go to the Center for deputation. As the Principal Secretary/Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister and the Chief State Secretary generally do not seek to be delegated to the Center, the Union Government will not be able to remove them without the consent of the officers. Many states do not send the appropriate number of IAS officers to the Center nor do they provide them with good assignments in the State. This should be considered,” said a senior IAS officer from the UP cadre.

“The Centre’s new found love for All India Services is disconcerting. Not so long ago they were ridiculed and insulted in Parliament. The posts previously occupied by the IAS were transferred to others. No wonder states are smelling a rat in rule amendment,” Anil Swaroop said in a Twitter post on Monday.

“There is no reason for the Center to opt for this amendment. A provision is already included in the service regulations which provides that the opinion of the Center prevails in the event of a dispute between the Center and the States. There is no need for the Center to play a game of political one-upmanship on the issue,” said VS Pandey, former Union Government Secretary.

Former UP Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan said: ‘An officer’s willingness to go on deputation must be considered before taking a call on the matter. States, for their part, should also ensure that an appropriate number of officers are sent as deputies to the Centre. This is currently not the case in many states. Deputation should be done in consultation between the state government and the center and not by force,” he said.

A senior officer, on the other hand, said that the Union government should have the power to call its officers as duty officers across India are appointed by the Centre.

The Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan strongly opposed the move and expressed their concern in separate letters sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him not to opt for the amendment.

It remains to be seen whether the Center will consider various opinions before proposing an amendment to Rule 6 which reads as follows: “Deputation of senior executives – 6(1) A senior executive may, with the agreement of the state governments concerned and of the Government be a delegate in the service of the central government, be a delegate in the service of the central government or of another State government or of a company, association or body of persons, whether incorporated or not , which is wholly or substantially owned or controlled by the central government or by another state government.

It further reads: “Provided that in case of disagreement the matter shall be decided by the Central Government or the State Governments concerned shall give effect to the decision of the Central Government.


    Umesh Raghuvanshi is a journalist with over three decades of experience. It covers politics, finance, environment and social issues. He has covered all legislative and parliamentary elections in Uttar Pradesh since 1984.
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