A city-based chartered accountant on Tuesday moved the Hyderabad High Court questioning cadre allocation of All India Service Officers to the states of Telangana and AP.
Telukuntla Rama Murthy, a resident of city moved a PIL contending that the cadre allocation was arbitrary and disregarding rules and procedure contemplated for cadre allocation and violates Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution. He urged the court to declare the fixation of cadre strength among the government of Telangana and government of AP as illegal and arbitrary.
He submitted that the whole exercise contemplated in the matter is in violation of Article 14 and 21 of the Consti-tution besides violation of the All India Services Act, 1951 and Cadre policy. According to Section 76 (5) of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, the allocation of officers has to be in accordance with the All India Services Act, 1951, he added.
He said that rules and provisions of the Act have been totally violated as there was no consultation with the state governments concerned as mandated under Rule 5 of Indian Administrative Service (Cadre) Rules, 1954.
He also said that the process of distribution of AIS officers has been done unilaterally by the Centre without adopting the prescribed process of consultation with the respective state governments of Telangana and AP.
He submitted that the Centre has not evolved any consistent policy and has been working in an adhoc and arbitrary manner for allocation of cadres and the guideline issued by the Pratyush Sinha Committee to calculate the cadre strength was totally against the settled cadre allotment policy of the Centre.
He told the court that the exercise presently going on is not on the all India allocation of cadre, but only of allocation of AIS officers borne on undivided cadre of AP between successor states of Telangana and AP. The cadre allocation is also in violation of seniority rules.