9 non-BJP states oppose Centre’s proposed amendments to IAS Cadre Rules, 8 states give consent

Officials stated on Wednesday that nine non-BJP-ruled states have objected to the Centre’s proposal giving it overriding power in deciding on federal deputation of IAS personnel, while eight others have given their permission. They noted that states and union territories that have not yet replied to the plan to amend the applicable service rules will receive a reminder soon.

Odisha, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Rajasthan, according to officials, have spoken out against the revisions. While the nine states have expressed opposition to the proposed reforms, claiming that they are incompatible with the country’s federal structure, the Centre has supported its proposal, claiming that the states are not sparing a significant number of people.

Karnataka and Meghalaya had opposed the proposal initially sent to them last month but are expected to send a revised proposal, the officials said, adding that Bihar had also opposed the move earlier.

According to sources in the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), there has been a trend of decreasing IAS officer representation at the Centre, up to the joint secretary level, as most states are not meeting their Central Deputation Reserve (CDR) obligations and the number of officers sponsored by them to serve at the Centre is much lower. Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “bury” the proposed modifications, calling them “draconian” and aimed to foster unilateralism.

Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh, on the other hand, have given their approval.

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