Delhi govt has no power to repatriate any IAS officer: Centre

New Delhi: The Delhi government has no power to repatriate any IAS officer working within its jurisdiction as such a decision can only be taken by an authority headed by the Union Home Secretary, a top official today said.

Home Secretary L C Goyal
Home Secretary L C Goyal

Taking note of the Delhi government’s order to place the services of its Home Secretary Dharam Pal under the Union Home Ministry’s disposal, the official said the city government does not have any power to unilaterally take such a decision.

In fact, none of the governments, where IAS officers belonging to Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre serve, has the power to repatriate any officer.

“Allocation and repatriation of IAS officers belonging to AGMUT cadre are done by the Joint Cadre Authority (JCA) of AGMUT cadre,” the official said.

The JCA comprises chief secretaries of Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Goa while Union Home Secretary heads it.

It allocates IAS officers to any of the state or a Union Territory after examining the services of IAS officers and as per the requests and demands of each of the administration.

A state government can transfer the IAS officers belonging to AGMUT within its administration, give insignificant posts or can keep on compulsory waiting but has no power to repatriate unilaterally, the official said.

In an order, the AAP government today placed the services of 1988 batch IAS officer Pal under the disposal of the Union Home Ministry.

Pal had signed a notification appointing Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police M K Meena as new Chief of Anti-Corruption Branch following order from Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.