Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tenure for officers on deputation i.r.o. All India Service Officer: Rajya Sabha Q&A

ANSWERED ON-14.03.2013
Tenure for officers on deputation

(a) the maximum tenure for an All India Service Officer on deputation to Government of India;

(b) whether Government of India has the powers to extend the tenure indefinitely; and

(c) the names and posting of officers who are continuing on central deputation beyond the tenure permitted under the rules and the reasons for such extension in each case?


Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY)

(a) & (b): The tenure of IAS officers is regulated as per the Central Staffing Scheme contained in DOP&T O.M. No. 36/77/94-EO(SM.I) dated 05-01-1996 which prescribes the following tenures at different levels for officers appointed under the Central Staffing Scheme:-

1. Under Secretary : Three years
2. Deputy Secretary : Four years
3. Director : Five years
4. Joint Secretary : Five years
5. Additional Secretary : Four years.

However, an officer holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent, when appointed to a post under the Government of India at the level of Additional Secretary, would get a tenure of three years from the date of appointment as Additional Secretary subject to a minimum of five years and maximum of seven years of combined tenure as Joint Secretary/Additional Secretary

6. Secretary : No fixed tenure.

In addition to the above tenure provisions, the Consolidated Deputation Guidelines for All India Services contained in DOPT letter No. 14017/33/2005-AIS(II)(Pt.I) dated 28.11.2007 provides that if an officer moves from a Central Staffing Scheme post to a non-Central Staffing post or vice versa, she/he shall be eligible for an additional tenure of two years, subject to at least two years on either post. Further, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved that the norm of fixing seven years as maximum period away from the cadre may be reiterated and followed strictly. Relaxations can be made under special circumstances after careful consideration by the competent authority for specific periods.
The Tenure of IPS officers is regulated as per Ministry of Home Affairs’ O.M. No.-I-21023/29/2007-IPS.III dated 30.03.2010 (enclosed as Annexure-I) which prescribes the tenure of IPS officers on central deputation as under:-

(1) Superintendent of Police : 4 years
(2) Deputy Inspector General : 5 years
(3) Inspector General : 5 years
(4) Additional Director General : 4 years
(5) Director General :No fixed tenure

Further, an officer already on deputation in the rank of DIG, on his promotion as IG, would have a combined tenure of 5 years but the tenure will be so extended that the Officer gets tenure of 3 years in the rank of IG, subject to a maximum tenure of 7 years. An officer already on deputation in the rank of IG, on his promotion as Addl. DG, would have tenure of 3 years from the date of appointment as ADG subject to a minimum of 5 years and maximum of 7 years of combined tenure as IG/ADG. As per paras 8 and 9 of Tenure Policy, the officers get extended tenure in CBI and NIA upto 7 years. Tenure of officers posted in IB & RAW is covered in paras 6 and 7 of the IPS Tenure Policy. Para - 20 of IPS Tenure Policy provides that any relaxation or deviation from the IPS Tenure Policy may be granted by the Home Minister up to the level of DIG. For extension of tenure of officers of IG and above levels, approval of the ACC will be required.
The tenure of IFS officers is regulated as per the Consolidated Deputation Guidelines for All India Services contained in DOPT letter No. 14017/33/2005-AIS(II)(Pt.I) dated 28.11.2007. Extension beyond permissible tenure as prescribed in the Central Staffing Scheme (CSS) of DOPT and CSS of Ministry of Environment & Forests is granted in extra-ordinary circumstances with the approval of the ACC.

(c): The following IPS officers are continuing on central deputation beyond 7 years. The extension has been approved in relaxation of IPS Tenure Policy in public interest.
1. Shri Sudeep Lakhtakia, IPS ( AP:84), IG, SPG
2. Shri A. K. Pateria, IPS, ( MP:86), IG, CBI
3. Shri Nasir Kamal, IPS ( UP:86), IG, NCRB
4. Shri S. L. Thaosen, IPS ( MP:88), IG, SPG
5. Shri Nalin Prabhat, IPS ( AP:92), IG, CRPF
6. Shri Anurag, IPS ( MT:94), DIG, CBI
7. Shri Avichal Sharma, IPS ( SK:96), DIG, SPG

One IFS officer namely Shri Rajesh Gopal, IFS (MP: 78) is on central deputation since 31.08.2001 which has further been extended up to the date of his superannuation on 31.01.2015. Shri Rajesh Gopal is presently appointed as Additional Director General of Forests, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Member Secretary, NTCA. After stipulated central deputation of 7 years, his deputation has been extended from time to time with the approval of the ACC.
There are no IAS officers at Additional Secretary level who are presently working under the CSS on extended tenure.
A list of the IAS officers at Joint Secretary level who are presently working under the CSS and given extension beyond normal/approved tenure as on date is enclosed as Annexure-II. The tenure of these officers was extended with the approval of the Competent Authority in view of the exigency of the work, in public interest.
A list of IAS and IFS officers at Deputy Secretary/Director level who are continuing under CSS and given extension beyond normal/approved tenure as on date along with the reasons for extension is enclosed herewith as Annexure-III.

Source: Rajya Sabha Q&A

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