Post Mortem

Statement of IAS Association Nagaland

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/31/2020 1:12:11 PM IST

 The IAS Association of Nagaland is deeply perturbed to see the statement from Nagaland Civil Service Association (NCSA) which attempts to distort facts for advancing untenable arguments. The statement has distastefully disparaged even the officers who made the supreme sacrifice by laying down their lives in the line of duty for establishing an indefensible narrative. 

All India Services (AISs) were created to ensure the efficient administration and smooth coordination between States and the Centre as envisaged in the Constitution of India. In its grain, the AIS is a service to both the Centre and States and its members serve at both fronts and thus acts as one of the key pillars of the federal structure of our polity and system of governance. The IAS officers while they cut their teeth in field charges at subdivisions and districts level, at senior levels, they bring all their grass root experience to policy making role at the Centre and bring back the skills acquired from the Centre back to the State. Therefore, the movement of officers from State to Centre and vice versa is the very essence of the IAS. When an officer of Nagaland cadre serves on central deputation, the officer becomes the voice and agent of the State in Delhi. He or she also helps liaise between the Centre and State to ensure that maximum benefit is drawn for our State from the Centre’s policy. Several IAS officers from Nagaland cadre have occupied key posts in various ministries, departments etc. The same IAS officers are again sent back to the State to work in different capacities and for the smooth coordination with the Centre. The learning and wider outlook developed during the Central stint is now employed for improvement of State-level governance. This is the essence and basic characteristic of the All India Service like IAS.

Thus the IAS becomes the thread that binds the Centre and State, provides continuity and uniformity in administration. This back and forth movement of IAS officers is a sine qua non for a good All India Service as envisioned by Constitution framers. Calling them “Suitcase Bureaucrats” is not just demeaning but also portrays a complete ignorance of the role of IAS, which is fundamentally different to the State/Provincial services. Living a life out of a suitcase, moving back and forth between Centre and State and on transfers amongst districts within Nagaland only showcases the dynamism and adaptability possessed by these officers as they provide leadership in various roles assuming multiple responsibilities in different geographical and cultural climates. Apart from the above, it is the IAS that can capitalize on its vast All India network of batchmates, seniors and colleagues to help the State in solving various inter-state coordination issues. 

The IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954 are statutorily binding on all parties and apply to all States. The Government of India have clarified certain fundamentals regarding the management of the All India Services cadres, as follows: (i) At the time of the constitution of the IAS/IPS in 1947, it was decided to include the following categories of posts in the IAS cadre:- (a) All superior posts in the administrative departments of and above the rank of District Officers, i.e., Collectors, Commissioners, Members, Board of Revenue, Secretaries, Deputy Secretaries, etc. (b) A proportion of miscellaneous posts including those of Heads of Departments. So its amply clear that under rule 4 of IAS Cadre rules, 1954, the strength and composition of each of the cadres constituted under rule 3 shall be determined by regulations made by the Central Government in consultation with the State Governments in this behalf .As explained under rule 4 above, Posts like Deputy Commissioners (District Collectors), and Commissioner (Divisional Commissioner/Commissioner) concerning the District/Division/State administration etc are cadre posts for the IAS. These posts must be filled up if eligible IAS officers are available in the state. It is not a choice to be accepted or rejected based on irrational justifications. And all these posts included in the IAS cadre have a character of permanency attached to it as clarified by DOPT, Govt of India under their instructions under rule 4.  The rules apply to all the states in the country and are followed throughout in all the States as per the directives of the DoPT, Govt of India. 

By the very design and nature of the services, the NCS is an important service and is also a feeder service for IAS wherein senior NCS officers are inducted into IAS and thus the NCSA is always considered to be a sister association. Like the IAS cadre posts, there are specific cadre posts reserved for NCS officers too which are filled by NCS officers. If these NCS cadre posts are filled with non-NCS persons will the NCSA be a mute spectator for the same whatever the justification may be. 

The total sanctioned strength of IAS cadre in Nagaland includes various deputation reserves and leave /training reserves etc under which IAS officers avail deputation, leave and training opportunities as per IAS cadre rules. In addition to the senior duty posts, the central deputation reserve allowed as per IAS cadre rules is 20 posts whereas presently only 7 officers are serving on central deputation. There are sufficient IAS officers to fill vacant cadre posts. 

Any service be it IAS or NCS function as per extant rules and regulations. The rule applies equally to everyone and one can always get his or her grievances redressed within the ambit of law. There is no rivalry between the IAS and NCS; both the services being premier All India Service and State Civil Service, work hand in hand with each other and look after the administration of the State. Both the associations have also stood side by side to deal with common issues in the past. The objective of both the services is the same to serve the people of the State and to implement the Government schemes and programmes in successful manner. Let us continue to work together in good spirit and as per the extant rules and regulations governing the services to achieve the common goal to make Nagaland a Developed and progressive State.

Sentiyanger Imchen IAS (President) & Abhijit Sinha  IAS, (General Secretary)

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