Rule 6 (I) of the IAS (cadre) Rules, 1954
- In an unprecedented order, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) invoked Rule 6(I) of the Indian Administrative Service (cadre) Rules, 1954 to place the services of West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay with the Government of India.
- It is being called a “blatant misuse of power and an attempt to encroach on state’s jurisdiction”.
- Rule 6(I) of the Indian Administrative Service (cadre) rules, 1954 states that "A cadre officer may, with the concurrence of the state governments concerned and the central government, be deputed for service under the central government or another state government or under a company, association or body of individuals, whether incorporated or not, which is wholly or substantially owned or controlled by the central government or by another state government".
- It further "provided that in case of any disagreement, the matter shall be decided by the Central Government and the State Govt shall give effect to the decision of the Central Government".
- Mr. Bandyopadhyay who was to retire on May 31 was given three-month extension by the State government.
- Earlier in December 2020, the Home Ministry had attached three Indian Police Service (IPS) officers of West Bengal cadre but the State government did not relieve them.