It has been made obligatory for IAS officers serving in the states to apply online to serve in the Centre. They have also been allowed an option to choose any three departments or ministries where they would like to work at the Centre.
The Ministry of Personnel has written a letter dated October 31 to the Orissa government on the new norms governing central deputation of IAS officers for 2008.
While most of the earlier rules governing central deputation have been retained, for the first time it has been made obligatory for the officers to apply "online" and fill up the required forms which will be made available in the website of the Ministry of Personnel. The letter written to the Orissa chief secretary said, "The officers willing to apply for a post on central deputation for the year 2008 are required to submit their personal data in an application form that will be available on this department's website (www.persmin.nic.in). The software is under preparation and application forms will be available on the website mentioned above on November 26, 2007. In the meantime, you are required to give this wide publicity among all the eligible officers in your cadre".
According to the new rules, the IAS officer after submitting personal data online will take a printout of all other forms and send the completed forms to the state government.
While personal data will be submitted online, a printout of this form along with other forms like vigilance clearance, completion of the cooling off period (if one has done a central deputation before) etc will be routed through the state government.
The state government will then forward the application form to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) after filling the relevant columns along with cadre clearance. The chief secretary has been asked to forward the offer list of central deputation latest by December 31, 2007.
As the Centre has mooted a proposal to fill all the vacancies of the first six months in one go from 2008 onwards, state governments have been asked to forward the names of all the officers in one lot.
The confidential rolls of officers placed on offer must be complete up to March 31, 2007. According to the instructions, only those officers whose records are graded as "very good" and above in the last five years of service would be considered and hence "only such officers may be sponsored".