Goa decides on separate IAS cadre to fight central 'feudalism'

PTI, PANAJI | 05 February 2014 22:13 IST

In a landmark decision, BJP-led Goa government today approved creation of a separate and exclusive cadre of All India Services (AIS) officers against "feudal" attitude of Centre in postings, by delinking itself from the existing AGMUT cadre.

"It (the decision) was necessary because Centre has been acting like 'feudal lords' by not taking the state into confidence while posting the IAS and IPS officers... The Cabinet today adopted unanimous resolution for the separate cadre," Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.

As per the current system, IAS/IPS officers are allocated "cadres" after their recruitment in service. There is one cadre in each State, except for three joint cadres: Assam?Meghalaya, Manipur?Tripura, and Arunachal Pradesh?Goa?Mizoram?Union Territories (AGMUT).

"It was resolved to request the Union government to forthwith take steps for formation of a separate AIS cadre for Goa state including determining the strength and composition of the cadre in consultation with the state government," the Chief Minister said.

Goa has been sourcing officers from AGMUT cadre even after it was bestowed statehood in 1987.

Parrikar said the UPA government had been hesitant even to call the meeting of joint cadre management authority, which was necessary to discuss the concerns of the state.

"I had even written to them (Centre) asking to call for a meeting but they have not called for it.. They behave as if they are kings. They act like feudal lords who are having their heads in the sand," Parrikar said without naming the Union Home Ministry, which is headed by Congress.

Justifying the delinking decision, Parrikar said the Centre was arbitrarily transferring officers including those in the ranks of?state chief secretary.

"In last six to seven years, all Union home ministers have done some or other manipulations and are involved in mischievous acts. Some of them are mean-minded," Parrikar alleged.

"The IAS and IPS officers who are currently posted here are at the mercy of Centre and tend to get pressurised by them," alleged Parrikar.

Parrikar is in a long drawn battle with the Union Home Ministry for transfer and deputation of IAS and IPS officers without taking the state into confidence.

In 2012, Parrikar did not give posting to IPS Officer I B Rani who was supposed to take over as officiating Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in Goa police, in protest against "short-changing" of the state government by Centre over the postings.

"It would take at least one year for the formation of separate cadre. But the process would be expedited when BJP-led government is sworn in the Centre after three months (after Lok sabha elections)," he said.

Goa will have a pool of 40-50 officers who are required for the coastal state considering increasing work pressure, the chief minister said.

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instead of permanent bureaucracy we should go for tenure based bureaucracy;

- krishnamurthy, vasco | 08 th February 2014 08:41


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