“Amendment proposal draconian”: CM Mamata Banerjee to PM Modi over changes in IAS cadre rules

News Desk: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi again, strongly underscoring her reservations about the proposed changes in the IAS cadre rules, which have been further revised. Refering to her letter of last week, she said the Centre has meanwhile “accentuated its stand” and its revised draft is taking the matter to “non federal extremes”.

“I find the revised amendment proposal more draconian than the former” she wrote, alleging that its “very grain is against the foundations of our great federal polity”.

The government’s proposal will enable it to transfer IAS and IPS officers through central deputation, doing away with the requirement of taking their approval. Under the revised draft, the officer concerned “will stand released from his/her current assignment forthwith” Ms Banerjee wrote.

Ms Banerjee wrote that if implemented, the rule will be like a “Damocles’ sword” hanging over the officers and create a “fear psychosis” which will affect their “performance, effectiveness and accountability to the state government”.

Ms Banerjee had written to PM Modi on January 13, urging him not to go ahead with the proposal.

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has also vehemently opposed the proposed changes, tweeting that they will be “another nail” in the coffin of the country’s federal structure.

“This would be another nail in the coffin of India’s federal structure. How would CM Modi react if PM Modi summarily removed his DG or CS? J&K lost all its powers of appointment in 2019, now it looks like the rest of India’s states will go the same way” Mr Abdullah tweeted.