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What is the IAS Cadre Rules Amendment Controversy? Why are the states protesting? understand in 10 points

Mamta Banerjee has written a letter to the Prime Minister twice in a week regarding this.

New Delhi:
The central government is going to make changes in the IAS cadre rules. Many state governments have come down in protest against this decision of the central government. Most of these are non-BJP ruled states. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had first raised this matter and within a week has written twice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding this. After this, the Maharashtra government, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot also objected. Now Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin and Kerala Chief Minister P. Vijayan have also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi opposing this. After all, what is the controversy regarding the IAS Cadre Rules Amendment?

Important information related to the case:

  1. On January 12, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) wrote to the Chief Secretaries of the states that the central government wanted to amend the IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954. The Center has asked the states to give their opinion on this by January 25.

  2. According to this, the Center can call any IAS officer on deputation by bypassing the authority of the state governments.

  3. Till now the arrangement was that the IAS officers of the states used to express their desire for deputation to the Centre. After this, the state government used to make a list of its officers and then among them were sent on deputation.

  4. It is believed that the central government can introduce this amendment in the budget session of Parliament starting from January 31. As of January 1, 2021, there were a total of 5,200 IAS officers in the country, out of which 458 were posted at the Centre.

  5. But the decision of the central government to bring changes in the IAS cadre rules is not being liked by the officers of many states, due to which many states are now demanding that no change should be made in these rules.

  6. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while writing a letter to the PM, has warned that if this is not reconsidered, a big agitation will be held.

  7. Former Jammu and Kashmir CM and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said that this is against the federal structure.

  8. There has been a conflict between the Center and the states in the past regarding deputation. In May 2021, there was a conflict between the Center and West Bengal regarding IAS Alapan Bandyopadhyay.

  9. In December 2020, the Bengal government did not agree to send three IPS officers to the center.

  10. At the same time, in the year 2001, the Atal government had a dispute with the Jayalalithaa government of Tamil Nadu regarding IPS officers.

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