THE government has clarified that inter-cadre deputation for woman officers posted in a Northeast cadre (Assam-Meghalaya, Manipur-Tripura, Sikkim and Nagaland) could be allowed for 5 years extendable to further 2 years at one go. Thereafter, the deputation for another spell of two years may be allowed after review, thereby taking the maximum number of years on deputation to another state to nine. The issue cropped up when 2004 batch Manipur cadre IAS Ms Nidhi Kesarwani asked for an…extension of her inter-cadre deputation from Manipur cadre to Uttar Pradesh cadre by four more years. A meeting held under the chairmanship of DoPT secretary Sanjay Kothari on April 19 took up Ms Kesarwani’s case and decided to place it before the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), which is headed by the Prime Minister.
In fact, according to existing policy guidelines, lady officers borne in the Northeast cadres are “eligible for inter cadre deputation to other cadres for a maximum period of 9 years with the flexibility to utilize the maximum allowable period in two spells instead of one.” Significantly, there were precedents where the ACC which is headed by Prime Minister himself, has allowed extension of deputation period in different manners i.e. 5+2+2 years, 5+4 years and also 9 years at a stretch.
There secretary-headed panel also took note of the fact that the existing policy of inter-cadre deputation for Northeast cadres is under review. In the revised policy, it is proposed that inter-cadre deputation initially be allowed for five years extendable to further two years at one go. Thereafter, deputation for another spell of 2 more years may be allowed after review.
In the same meeting, Kothari-headed panel decided to defer another inter-cadre deputation case: Request of Mrs S Chhakchhuak, 2008 batch Gujarat cadre IAS from Gujarat to Assam. The panel after detailed deliberation directed to place the precedents before it and deferred the proposal, for now.