PM MODI AMENDS SERVICE RULES
The Centre has changed the service rules to make it easy for married IAS and IPS officers to get the same cadre state. According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took special initiatives to get the existing rules amended.
The issue originated in a unique case that cropped up in February 2016 in which the government found it difficult to accord inter-cadre transfer of P. Parthiban, a 2011 batch AGMUT cadre IAS and his wife Nisha, 2011 batch IPS, to a common cadre on grounds of marriage. Usually, officers belonging to all India services manage inter-cadre transfers on grounds of marriage. But in case of the Parthiban couple, the problem arose because Mr Parthiban could not be placed in Tamil Nadu cadre where Nisha was working, as Tamil Nadu happened to be his home cadre. And similarly, Nisha could not be transferred to her husband’s cadre AGMUT, as she belongs to Delhi, which is a part of the AGMUT cadre.
So, when this unique case came up before a panel headed by then DoPT secretary Sanjay Kothari, he did not take the final call. Instead, he decided to put up the proposal for seeking the approval of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister.
Now the new policy says that if either of the officers cannot opt for the cadre of the spouse (because they are respective home cadres), they may choose the immediate next cadre opted by them. And in case of nonreceipt of preference within the stipulated time from the officers concerned, they will be assigned the most deficit cadre.