In order to check arbitrary transfers of IAS, IPS and IFoS officers, the Ministry of Personnel amended the Indian Administrative Service (Cadre) Rules ensuring that Babus will now spend a minimum 2 years in each posting. Amendment Rules, 2014 issued by DoPT on January 28 also directed all State governments to constitute a Civil Services Board which will have power to look into recommendation-related appointments of cadre officers. The transfer of any officer will have to be cleared by the board.
The amended rule 7 clause (3) of administrative service rules 154 says a cadre officer, appointed to any cadre post shall hold the office for at least two years unless, in the meantime, he or she has been promoted, retired or sent on deputation outside the State or training exceeding two months.
“The Central Government or the State Government as the case may be, may transfer a cadre officer before the minimum specified period on the recommendation of the Civil Services Board,” DoPT notification said.
The civil service board headed by the Chief Secretary of the state will have senior-most additional Chief Secretary or officer of equivalent rank as member secretary and Principal Secretary as member of the board. For the posting and transfer of IPS officers, the board will have 2 additional members -- Principal Secretary or Secretary (Home) and the Director General of Police. For transfer or posting of Indian Forest Service officers, the board will have more members- principal secretary or secretary (forest) and principal chief conservator of forest of the concerned state.
The board will seek detailed justification from the administrative department of the concerned State government for the transfer of an officer before the specified tenure.