A day after Governor HR Bhardwaj expressed disappointment at the state government’s handling of issues like access to drinking water and the constitution of the Civil Services Board, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah paid a visit to Raj Bhavan on Thursday. It was an amicable meeting without any specific agenda, the chief minister insisted.
“I hadn’t met him since the elections. It was just a cordial meeting,” he said, adding that the Civil Services Board is an administrative issue that he wouldn’t like to comment on. He was responding to a question about the cold war between him and IAS officers after the state government, unknown to him, filed an affidavit about the matter.
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The Supreme Court had directed all state governments to constitute a CSB by March to monitor transfers of IAS, IPS and IFoS officers.
According to the new rules framed by the Union Department of Personnel and Training, officials will serve a minimum two-year tenure at each posting and when required, transfers before the completion of two years must be authorised through the CSB.
Following this directive, officials from the Department of Personnel Administration and Reforms, Karnataka, filed an affidavit before the High Court regarding the government’s stand on the constitution of the CSB. They, however, did not bring it to the notice of elected representatives, including the chief minister. According to sources, the CM discussed it with the Governor when he met him and also explained the efforts of his government in providing drinking water in the state.