IPS officer’s switch to IAS publish: Khattar prevails, officer transferred regardless of Residence Minister Vij’s objections

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The Haryana authorities on Sunday lastly transferred IPS officer Kala Ramchandran because the Principal Secretary of the transport division.

The Indian Specific, on September 5, had reported how the IPS officer’s switch to the transport division had triggered a degree of battle between Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, and Residence Minister, Anil Vij, bringing each the leaders at loggerheads. Whereas Khattar was pushing for the officer’s switch to the publish meant for somebody from the IAS cadre, the Residence Minister didn’t appear to be on the identical web page.

Whereas Vij cited All India Companies (Cadre) guidelines, and requested the state authorities to first search the necessary nod from the union authorities’s Division of Personnel and Coaching (DoPT), sources disclosed that Khattar was agency that the officer needs to be transferred on the IAS cadre publish, at the same time as the federal government could or could not search approval from the DoPT subsequently for the switch.

Sources disclosed that whereas overruling Residence Minister, Anil Vij, Khattar directed that the switch orders of Kala Ramachandran be issued on Sunday. Justifying his resolution, the Chief Minister’s workplace added that there have been 12 posts of principal secretaries, out of which solely 10 have been occupied. “However on the identical time there are quite a few IAS officers too, who may have been transferred in opposition to the cadre publish meant for them, slightly than choosing an IPS officer,” a senior IAS officer instructed the Indian Specific.
The federal government, nevertheless, is of the point of view, that such a transfer is geared toward solely “selling competitors and making certain enchancment in supply of companies”.

Although, Vij had refused to alleviate the officer until the federal government will get approval from DoPT, the Chief Minister’s workplace nonetheless went forward with the switch, and Haryana’s Chief Secretary, Vijai Vardhan, issued the required orders on Sunday.

Haryana authorities is already dealing with flak from the Union authorities for violating the IAS cadre guidelines. In a number of earlier appointments of IPS officers on IAS cadre posts, the state authorities had not taken the necessary permission of DoPT, which is a norm in such instances.

The recent switch of Ramachandran is more likely to additional gas one other controversy, with the DoPT having already sought a “detailed report” from the Haryana authorities on all such non-cadre officers who’ve been occupying IAS cadre posts within the state.

At present, in Haryana, there are 9 such non-cadre officers belonging to IPS/IFS/IRS, who’re posted in opposition to the cadre posts meant for IAS officers and in many of the instances, the state authorities has not sought prior permission for a similar from the Central authorities.

As per the foundations, “The cadre publish of IAS could be crammed up from a non-cadre officer solely when there isn’t any appropriate cadre officer obtainable” and “whether it is proposed to proceed that non-cadre publish past a interval of three months, prior approval of the Central authorities is necessary”.

The foundations additionally add that “even when the appointment is to be made for a interval of lower than three months from the non-select listing officers, prior approval of the Central authorities is necessary”.

Additionally, “if a non-cadre officer is proposed to be continued on a cadre publish for a interval exceeding six months, the Central authorities shall report the total info to the UPSC”.

Speaking about Sunday’s growth, a senior officer mentioned, “A non-cadre officer could be appointed on a cadre publish solely when no appropriate cadre officer is out there. There is no such thing as a such certificates by the CS or the Civil Companies Board or the CM. There are 28 IAS officers in Apex/HAG scales serving within the state presently and as implied by this order, no cadre officer is discovered appropriate. A cadre publish can’t be crammed by non-cadre officer past 3 months with out the approval of the Central authorities. A non-cadre officer can not change one other non-cadre officer, and so forth advert infinitum… on a cadre publish past the interval of three months”.

Sources disclosed that even the Chief Secretary, citing repeated notices issued by DoPT to Haryana authorities in search of particulars of all such non-cadre officers posted on the cadre posts, had proposed that the state authorities take “prior approval” of DoPT, Authorities of India, earlier than posting the IPS officer as Principal Secretary of transport division.

Sources added that the chief secretary had additionally proposed that the method of in search of prior approval from DoPT to publish the officer in opposition to the cadre publish meant for IAS officers, also needs to be expedited.

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