Times of India: Hyderabad: Wednesday, August 27, 2014.
Shocked at the way cadre allocation process was held this week by the department of personnel and training (DoPT), several IAS officers are now planning to use what is known as a ?swapping option' to stay back in Hyderabad.
Swapping is possible when two officers, belonging to different states, request the DoPT to change their cadre on personal grounds. But in all cases of swapping, a no-objection certificate (NOC) from both state governments is necessary.
After the DoPT released the list of officers provisionally allotted to the two states on August 22, there has been a flood of visitors to the offices of the AP and Telangana chief secretaries. Officers who met IYR Krishna Rao and Rajiv Sharma enquired about the NOC if they can get a candidate willing to swap their cadre.
Some officers have already managed to finding swapping partners. Kona Sridhar, who was allotted to AP, has swapped his cadre with M Dana Kishore for Telangana. While Dana Kishore belongs to the 1996 batch, Sridhar is from the 2003 batch of IAS.
Under the DoPT rules, officers are even allowed to swap with retired officers whose name is in the list, as the cut-off date for IAS officers was originally June 1, 2014. For instance, Mudavat Naik, who belongs to the 2005 batch, was allotted to AP, but has changed his cadre to Telangana by swapping with J Ramanand of 1979 batch. Ramanand had retired on July 31, 2014.
Swapping within the same batch was allowed by the DoPT in the provisional allotment also, resulting in the change of cadre for several officers. Rajeswar Tiwari, who was allotted to AP, swapped with his batchmate Satish Chandra, who was allotted Telangana in the roster.
"There are no clear guidelines on swapping and nobody has been informed about the existence of such a facility. Those who were privy to the information have already prepared the NOC and sent it to the DoPT. The information about cadre allocation was leaked to some," alleged some officers, who have now decided to file an RTI application to DoPT and make the minutes of the Pratyush Sinha committee meeting public.
Officers are seeking to know how the draw of lots executed on August 16 was completely changed in the provisional allotment on August 22. "After the draw of lots, those who attended the meeting went on record saying that it went in favour of Telangana and all three senior-most officers in IAS, IPS and IFS would go to Telangana. But in the end, all of them were allotted to AP," pointed out a senior official.
With many officers now rushing to the AP chief secretary with requests of swapping, sources said he has assured them not to take a hasty decision and promised a good future in the new state. But, officers are not convinced and are still looking to get an NOC for swapping.
· Under the DoPT rules, two officers, belonging to different states, can request for a cadre swap on personal grounds
· In all cases of swapping, a no-objection certificate (NOC) from both state governments is necessary.
· Officers are even allowed to swap with retired officers whose name is in the list of allottees as the cut-off date for IAS officers was originally June 1, 2014
· Officers are now rushing to the chief secretaries of both states with enquiries about this option as many of them want to stay back in Hyderabad