Do you think that the proposal of changing IAS recruitment rules is justified?There is a proposal of changing the rules of recruitment/posting on deputation in respect of the IAS officers in particular. Perhaps the recent episode of the Chief Secretary of West Bengal who has been called back by the Centre while the state Government refused to relieve the officer and other incidents might have prompted to review the present structure of rules. So far, the IAS and IPS cadres are distributed to various states after completion of their training and probation and can opt for deputation to Centre or other states. While working with the State Government, they are governed by the state administration but paid as per the Central Government pay structure. Some times it is giving a problem due to the political equations between the Centre and the respective states and the Central Government is not in a position to take any action such as withdrawal of the officer.
As per the proposed new rules, the Central Government can transfer any IAS officer after the fixed tenure to anywhere in India and they would be directly monitored by the Centre. Only IAS and IPS officers would be affected while officers from other services such as IRS, IA&AS, IDAS and IDES are already being under various Central Government Departments. Some experts say it would affect the federal structure and taking away the freedom of the State Governments in utilizing their services.
What is your take on this?