Absence of Civil Services Board irks state’s IAS Officers

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Jai Kumar



Resentment is simmering within state’s bureaucracy as transfers taking place at the likes and dislikes of politicians is not going down well with them.

Uttarakhand that was carved out from Uttar Pradesh is witnessing discontentment among its IAS officers due to a transfer policy being pursued in the state based on preferences of their political masters. The incidents in past four years have in particular been in thick of controversy when large scale transfers have taken place flouting all rules.

The biggest impediment to smooth function of bureaucracy has been the absence of civil services board in the state. The centre had way back in 2014 directed for setting up of Civil Services Board in states and it was to be on the recommendations of this board that the transfer and posting works linked to IAS officers had to be done.  It was also decided that to ensure better functioning, an IAS officer posted in a particular post, must remain there for a minimum period of two years. Further, if in any case the state administration transfers an IAS officer which is in contrary to recommendations of civil services board, a clear cut reason has to be explained by the state administration.

The situation has come to such a pass, that IAS are now even planning to file a PIL through an indirect route. An IAS officer sidelined in the state on anonymity even went to an extent of saying that the irked IAS officers would not hesitate to even go for a press conference airing their resentment.

On other hand, Uttarakhand IAS Association’s secretary Anand Vardhan admits that constitution of Civil Services Board in Uttarakhand was a state subject. He admits that dictates of centre and Supreme Court must be followed in this regard.