Amendment in Indian Administrative services (cadre Rule ) 1954 : Whether it is against federalism ? An Analysis

Amendment in Indian Administrative services (cadre Rule ) 1954 –  Today Current Affairs

Context : Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gahlot on 21st jan 2021 showed their protest against the decision of the center government regarding amendments to the Indian Administrative services (cadre ) rules 1954 

Introduction :

Central government has amended the cadre rule of the Indian administrative service which empowers the central government to appoint any officers of the all India services in the central government without any consent of the state government . Earlier , state governments generally used to send the recommendations for the officers of the All India services like IAS, IPS, IFS(Indian Forest services) to the appointments in the ministry of the central government 

 

Cadre Rule of All India services (IAS, IPS, IFoS) : The Hindu Analysis

As per the old rule for the cadre of IAS officers (Rule-6 (1) of the IAS (Cadre) Rules-1954, ), Any officer of IAS rank may be deputed for the services under the central government with the consent of the State Government . In other words , after mutual concerts of the state government and the central government , officers could be appointed in the central government’s department . Although during disagreement between the center and state , the authority of the decision was in the hand of the central government . This was a long fulfilling the objectives of federalism in the Indian context. 

Why is the State Protesting Against It ?  The Hindu Analysis

In fact , Now the central government proposed the amendment in the cadre rule for the IAS officers which empowers the central government to bypass the state government in the affairs of the appointment of any IAS officer of the state in the department of central government . 

This amendment could be misused and a sense of instability and ambiguity is likely to arise among the officers of the all India services . This is the real concern of all the states where a non-BJP government is in power . 

In fact these officers are appointed to a very important post of the state s and after this amendment a sense of insecurity and instability would also emerge . Deputation must be done after the recommendation of the state government 

There would be confusion in the discharge of official responsibilities by those officers who are appointed in those states where the ruling party is against the ruling political party of central level. Because of such political pressure , the IAS officers would not work properly and in this way administrative efficiency would be affected. During the time of election , central government can misuse his power 

 

Conclusion 

Definitely , the amendment in the service rule for the officers of All India services reading their deputations in the ministries of the central government is controversial because it is hampering the federalism of India which is the basic structure of India. Through this central government , on one side can control over the administrative authority of the state and on other side central government can use this power to influence the election .Therefore , if such amendments , definitely government should look into matter and the grievances of the states in this regards must be addressed 

 

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Sources : The Hindu

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