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Change in IAS deputation rules will induce fear psychosis among officers: Kerala CM to PM

🔴 Earlier, at least three Opposition-ruled states – West Bengal, Rajasthan and Jharkhand – had opposed the proposed amendment, and had written to the Prime Minister, urging him to roll back the decision

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: January 24, 2022 2:05:24 am
Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Lokayukta, kerala opposition, kerala government, kerala news, Indian expressKerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan (file)

KERALA CHIEF Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging the Centre to drop the proposed amendments to the IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954.

Earlier, at least three Opposition-ruled states – West Bengal, Rajasthan and Jharkhand – had opposed the proposed amendment, and had written to the Prime Minister, urging him to roll back the decision, claiming that the change in rules for central deputation of IAS officers will affect states’ administration.

In his letter to the Prime Minister, the Kerala Chief Minister wrote, “The proposed amendments in the Deputation Rules of All India Services will definitely induce a fear psychosis and an attitude of hesitancy among All India Service Officers to implement policies of a state government, which are formed by party/parties politically opposed by the ruling party at the Centre.”

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The present deputation rules are heavily loaded in favour of the Centre and bringing in further stringency would further weaken the very root of co-operative federalism. The Kerala government is of the opinion that the proposed amendments be dropped, Vijayan wrote.

He said in the federal set-up, the state governments are on par with the Centre as both of them are elected by the people, although the division of authority in the Constitution gives the Union jurisdiction over a wide range of subjects.

“We need to recognise that in a vibrant democratic and federal policy, states and the Centre can be ruled by political formations with different ideologies and political views. But these governments function within the framework of the Constitution,” Vijayan wrote in his letter.

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