Friday, February 05, 2016

Babu Marriage: Why cadre change proposal of this IAS-IPS couple forces DoPT to frame new rules

MARRIAGE among all India services officers and their subsequent cadre change are considered common in bureaucracy in India. But on Tuesday, a unique case cropped up during a meeting held under the chairmanship of DoPT secretary Sanjay Kothari, as it was found that the cadre-change proposal did not come under existing policies of inter-cadre transfers on ground of marriage. The case is regarding inter-cadre transfer request by P Parthiban, 2011 batch AGMUT cadre IAS and his spouse Nisha Parthiban, 2011 batch IPS to a common cadre on ground of marriage. But the problem arose because…
either of the officers can't opt for the cadre of the spouse being their home cadre, according to existing policy. In other words, P Parthiban can’t be placed in Tamil Nadu cadre where Nisha Parthiban has been working, as Tamil Nadu happens to be his home cadre. Similarly, Nisha Parthiban can’t be shifted to her husband’s cadre AGMUT, as she belongs to Delhi, meaning AGMUT will be her home cadre.
“The Committee after detailed deliberation decided that in such cases, a choice to the officers to choose the immediate next cadre opted by the officer in the detailed application form submitted to UPSC below the present cadre allotted may be provided.” the minutes of the meeting recorded. But secretary Kothari did not take the final call. It was decided in the committee to put up the proposal for seeking the approval of Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister. 
IPS officer Nisha, 30, originally hails from Delhi. She did her MA before getting into the Indian Police Service. She was allotted the Tamil Nadu cadre. In a November 2015 reshuffle in the state, she was given the assignment of deputy commissioner of police (law and order) in Coimbatore city.
32-year-old P Parthiban did his mechanical engineering before getting into IAS. He hails from Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, the same panel headed by secretary Kothari decided not to approve the proposal for change of cadre of 2010 batch Manipur cadre IAS Shyam Lal Poonia who had wanted cadre change on “grounds of extreme hardship”.


  1. Elite cadre officers get their choice postings, but poor low paid officials rot in one place.

    1. Mr. Subbiah, there is no such thing as "Elite" or not, we are serving the same country, posted in different places. Similarly, all officials, of the same rank are given the same salary so, there are no "low paid officials", except if you are talking about the State Civil Services, which as the name signify means that you only get posted in that same state.

  2. Nisha IPS can be transferred to Cuddalore and problem is solved