A senior IAS officer, who had received flak from the state government for pushing through notifications for constitution of Civil Services Boards (CSBs) to recommend posting, transfers and disciplinary action against IAS, IPS and IFS officers without referring the matter to the state cabinet, was transferred out of the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms by the government here on Thursday.
Sanjeev Kumar, Principal Secretary, Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, was transferred and posted as the Principal Secretary to Government, Housing Department.
Kumar was at the heart of a controversy earlier this month for issuing a circular constituting the Civil Service Board in pursuance of a Supreme Court order.
The DPAR secretary drew flak from the state government for issuing the notification without bringing the subject before the cabinet.
The news of the constitution of five CSBs — for IAS, IPS, IFS, KAS and Chief Engineers, heads of department and secretariat officers of the rank of under secretary and above — came to the knowledge of the cabinet after the high court was informed in the course of a case.
The state cabinet subsequently put the notifications in abeyance and has set up a standing committee under the leadership of law and parliamentary affairs minister T B Jayachandra to look at modalities for constituting the CSBs.
The government is concerned over its loss of control over the civil services in the event of CSB being constituted as per the notification by the bureaucracy.
The government is mulling a new law in order to maintain some control over the bureaucracy like it did in the case of the Police Establishment Board.
Under the CSB scheme that has now been kept in abeyance, all the CSBs would have the Chief Secretary as its Chairman, with the additional chief secretary and principal secretary (DPAR) as members.
The CSBs under the stalled notification would have taken decisions on all transfers, punishment and inquiries against the bureaucracy.
The CSB was also empowered to revoke suspensions or reinstate officers as well as make recommendations for sanction of prosecution under Section 197 (1) of CrPC and Section 19 (1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.