Central cuts states’ power of suspending Indian Administrative Service officers

An IAS or IPS officer cannot remain suspended beyond a week except for a prior sanction of a review committee to state governments, according to new rules finalized by the Center.

State governments will have to inform the Center within 48 hours about the suspension of an all India services officer – Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS), if the rules come into force.

According to the draft All India Services (Discipline and Appeals) Amendments Rules, 2015, for continuing suspension beyond a week, the appropriate government will have to get the recommendations of the civil services board or central review committee as the case may be.

The review committee at the Center is headed by Secretary in the ministry concerned (Personnel for IAS, Home for IPS and Forest for IFoS) whereas chief secretary heads it at the state level.

The new rules further make it mandatory for state governments to confirm the order of suspension from the Centre of an IAS, IPS and IFoS officer within 30 days. In existing rules, the period was 45 days.

Officers like Ashok Khemka, Durga Sakthi Nagpal and Kuldip Narayan, among others, have allegedly been victims of arbitrary suspensions and transfers.

Anirban Kalita is Executive Editor of News Section. His role is also involved with reviewing, editing of articles before publishing.
By academic Anirban is MTech of Computer Science & Technology.

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