SC notice to Centre/States on civil services board

The Supreme Court Friday issued notices to the Centre, all states/UTs on a PIL for setting up of high-powered statutory Civil Services Boards to decide transfers/postings of civil servants.

Last Updated: Mar 04, 2011, 21:57 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday issued notices to the Centre, all states/UTs on a PIL for setting up of high-powered statutory Civil Services Boards to decide transfers/postings of civil servants to rid the bureaucracy of political interference, corruption and inaction.
A bench of justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma
sought response from the Union Cabinet Secretary and
respective Chief Secretaries on the petition jointly filed by
83 former bureaucrats through counsel Menaka Guruswamy.

"There is an urgent need to make the civil servants
accountable, sensitive and responsive. If this is achieved,
there will be across-the-spectrum benefits. At present, the
system of transfers, postings, promotions, disciplinary action
and other personnel matters pertaining to the higher civil
services are ad-hoc and non-transparent.
"Transfers are often used as instruments of reward and
punishment, with officials being frequently transferred on
the whims and caprices, as well as the personal needs, of
local politicians and other vested interests. Officers,
especially those in the All India Services serving in state
governments, have no stability or security of tenure, " the
petition said.

The PIL submitted civil servants at all levels should be
given a minimum three-year fixed tenure in each post to foster
functional freedom and independence.

PTI