No decision taken on proposed changes in cadre allocation: MoS

AMARAVATI (AP) May 30:Amid the controversy over its proposed changes in the cadre allocation of civil services, the Centre today said the move made in “good spirit” had been “misinterpreted and misunderstood” and clarified that no final decision had been taken on it.

“It might have been a suggestion. It was partly misunderstood and misinterpreted. The proposal was made in good spirit,” Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh told reporters here.

He added that the Centre had not yet taken any decision on the matter, which has come in for flak from Congress president Rahul Gandhi and others.

“Time to time certain decisions will be taken. We always try to improvise (sic) but in this case no decision has been taken yet,” Singh said.

He was replying to a question on the controversy over the proposal to make changes in the allocation of services to officers of the All India Services (IAS, IFS, IPS and IFoS) after completion of the 15-week foundation course.

Gandhi has criticised the move, alleging that prime minister Narendra Modi wanted to appoint officers chosen by the RSS by “manipulating” the merit list in civil service examinations.

Former Union Minister P Chidambaram has termed as ‘unconstitutional’ the proposed changes and wondered whether the Centre was planning another “disruption” by bringing about such changes in the UPSC rules. (PTI)