The Asian Age - - Oped -

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.

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