State Govts have prerogative to transfer IAS officers: Jitendra

Chandigarh: Maintaining that state governments have the prerogative to transfer IAS officers who are posted there, Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said the Centre keeps in touch with the states to ensure that bureaucrats do not face any kind of intimidation which would kill their initiative to work and take decisions.

Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh.
Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh.

“As far as question of transfers of IAS officers made by the state governments from time to time is concerned, guidelines of DoPT (Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training) say that their tenure should be two years (at one place). But in a federal set up, state government has its prerogative. However, under Centre’s guidelines, it is their moral responsibility that there should not be frequent transfers,” Singh said here.

The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge) and Prime Minister Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space, was interacting with regional Editors from north and north-eastern States during a two-day conference organised by Press Information Bureau which began here today.

Singh was asked that the state governments were often frequently transferring IAS officers even when they had not completed two year tenure at one place.

The Minister said under the present system, “we cannot take action against concerned Chief Minister.”

At the same time, he added, “We have revised guidelines, because we do not want that any IAS officer or any Civil servant has to face any kind of intimidation which lowers his initiative and he stops taking decisions.”

“We have revised guideline and said if any state government suspends any IAS officer for any charge, DoPT has to be informed within 24 hours. If concerned state government decides to prosecute the IAS officer for any reason, then within one month’s time we should be told as well as the basis for the same”.

He, however, pointed out that despite these latest guidelines, “what happened in a particular state, an IAS officer was suspended and put in jail, this is a one month old matter. They did not intimate us. Then we took up this issue on a war footing with the concerned state..”

“DoPT is very clear about the guidelines, we do not wish to cause any kind of undesirable intimidation to any IAS officer which would kill his initiative,” he said.

He, however, also said that putting a blanket sealing asking states not to transfer bureaucrats before two years was not possible.

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