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The plan to modify the rules governing the assignment of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officials has erupted into a major fight between the centre and the states.

 

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Here is your 8-point guide to the controversy:

1. The Department of Personnel and Training has issued a list of recommended revisions titled Proposal for Amendments in IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954, to the chief secretaries of all states.

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2. If the new guidelines are implemented, an officer who the Union government desires to deputise would “stand released” from the state cadre, regardless of the state government’s permission within a certain time frame.

3. The central government claims that states are not allocating a required number of IAS officials for federal deputation, hampering government operations.

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4. According to the centre, IAS officials on central deputation has decreased from 309 to 223. According to the report, the numbers have decreased despite a rise of IAS officers at the deputy secretary/director level from 621 in 2014 to 1,130 in 2021.

5. The state governments have been requested to submit their thoughts on the proposed modifications by January 25. The centre intends to table them before Parliament during the Budget Session, which begins on January 31.

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6. Several states have criticised the centre’s suggestion, claiming that such a step would inspire fear among state officials. West Bengal, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu are among them.

7. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing severe misgivings over the idea, which she calls “draconian.”

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8. Ms Banerjee, whose administration has had repeated clashes with the central government over IAS personnel working in the state, has said that the proposed revisions are “against the pillars of our wonderful federal democracy.”

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