Published On: Fri, Aug 21st, 2015

Mamata Banerjee attacks centre over new IAS officers first posting in Delhi

Kolkata: The West Bengal government Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has challenged the Centre’s order for posting new IAS officers in the national capital first for an additional training of three months.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

The Narendra Modi-led government had on August 10 issued a directive which said that the new batch of 158 IAS officers would be required to work in Delhi as assistant secretaries 90 days after their final training in Mussorie.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s office has already issued posting orders for 12 officers and they have been told to report right away to the state. While Tamil Nadu and Karnataka were opposed to Centre’s move, sources said, they are now on board.

For now, the Centre has not posted the Bengal cadre officers. “We will write to them and once again emphasise the idea behind this move,” a senior official said.

The Centre is likely to invoke the Indian Administrative (cadres rules) 1954, which gives it an upper hand in case there is a disagreement over posting of IAS officers.

This rule has been rarely used and Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) officials themselves do not remember any instance when this was invoked in recent past. Even in the controversial case of Archana Ramasundram, a 1980-batch Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer, in which the state had flatly refused to relieve her despite the Centre posting her in the CBI.

“If we give in to one state, others will ask for the same relief,” the senior official added.

While DOPT Secretary Sanjay Kothari had said that the Central government experience early in the career would equip an officer with greater knowledge of policy formulation, there were murmurs that it had originated from the PMO.

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Inputs with Mumbai Mirror

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