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DUE TO LOW NUMBER OF IAS OFFICERS, MEGHALAYA GOVERNMENT DOES NOT AGREE TO THE AMENDMENT OF IAS CADRE RULES

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SHILLONG, March 14: The Chief Minister, Conrad K.Sangma informed that the State does not have enough numbers of IAS officers in the State with there being any only 41 IAS officers in total which includes 23 who cleared the UPSC exams and 18 who were promoted as nominated IAS officers from the 77 allotted cadres.

He said that the State Government does not agree to the proposal of the Central Government to go ahead with the amendment to the IAS cadre rules,1954, on which the State Government has also written twice to the Central Government.

Responding to the question presented by East Shillong MLA, Dr.M.Ampareen Lyngdoh at the Assembly today, the Chief Minister said that the State has very few IAS officers and as per the amendment proposed by the Central Government, the IAS officers from the State will be transferred to other places as per the requirement of the Central Government. Responding further to the question on the necessity to have a separate Meghalaya cadre, he said that the Government from the 22nd of February,2019 had written to the Prime Minister of India requesting that a separate cadre for Meghalaya be granted and till date, the Government is pursuing the matter.

Responding to an additional question from the MLA of Mawlai, Sangma said that in the past, prior to sending IAS officers to other places,an arrangement is reached between the State Government and the Central Government, however with the amendment proposed, the State Government has to inform within the stipulated time if it does not agree to the decision of the Central Government to transfer IAS officers.

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