New Delhi: A new policy for cadre allocation has been finalised by the Central government for IAS, IPS and other officers, aimed at ensuring “national integration” in the country’s top bureaucracy.
Officers of all-India services — the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service — will have to choose cadres from a set of zones instead of states. The officers of the three services are currently allocated a cadre state or a set of states to work in.
They may be posted on central deputation during the course of their service after fulfilling certain eligibility conditions. The existing 26 cadres have been divided into five zones in the new policy proposed by the personnel ministry.
Under the new policy, candidates can only select one state/cadre from a zone as their first choice. Their second, third, fourth and fifth choices have to be from the different zones. Usually candidates choose their home state as their first choice and neighbouring states as their subsequent preferences.
The new policy will seek to ensure that officers from Bihar, for instance, will get to work in southern and north-eastern states, which may not be their preferred cadres, a personnel ministry official said.