New Delhi: The Centre has directed the states to stop unauthorised creation of ex-cadre posts for IAS officers, being done by many in violation of the rules.
In a strongly worded missive, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has said that ex-cadre posts, which are created by state governments to meet temporary and unforeseen demands, do not qualify for inclusion in IAS cadre.
"It has come to the notice of this Department that many State Government administrations are creating ex-cadre posts as a parallel cadre for manning long-term vacancies either in the cadre or in ex-cadre equivalent posts. This has been viewed strictly by this department," it said.
Ex-cadre posts are meant to be a cushion to the state government for its temporary and unforeseen demands which are required temporarily for short periods and which do not qualify for inclusion in the IAS cadre, it said.
Creation of as many ex-cadre posts, as in the case of many states, is a clear violation of IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954 which says that "a cadre officer shall not hold an ex-cadre post in excess of the number specified for the concerned State."
A state can create only 25 per cent of ex-cadre posts out of the senior duty reserve.
"It has also come to the notice from the proposals received from various state governments that many cadre posts at all levels are being kept in abeyance. In lieu, the state government operate ex-cadre posts.
"Such appointments mean a departure from the pay rules and result in a distortion of the cadre structure. As per the rule, cadre posts cannot be kept in abeyance for a period exceeding six months without the approval of the central government," the DoPT said seeking strict compliance of its directive.