Civil Services Board

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Punjab Government has constituted a three-member civil services board to decide on IAS transfers and postings in the state.

What is civil services board?

  • In the Union Government, the highest ranking civil servant is the Cabinet Secretary.
  • He is ex-officio Chairman of the Civil Services Board; the chief of the Indian Administrative Service and head of all civil services under the rules of business of the Government of India.
  • He also holds the 11th position in the Order of Precedence of India.
  • The position holder is accountable for ensuring that the Civil Service is equipped with the skills and capability to meet the everyday challenges it faces and that civil servants work in a fair and decent environment.

Civil Services Board (in States)

  • As per rules, all states should have a civil services board to decide on transfers and postings of the bureaucrats.
  • The board is mandated to decide on the transfer of a civil servant before completion of his or her fixed tenure.
  • The civil services board is headed by chief secretary of a state and has senior most additional chief secretary or chairman, Board of Revenue, Financial Commissioner or an officer of equivalent rank and status as member.
  • In addition, it will have Principal Secretary or Secretary, Department of Personnel in the state government as member secretary.
  • To insulate the bureaucracy from political interference and to put an end to frequent transfers of civil servants by political bosses, the Supreme Court had in 2013 directed the Centre and the states to set up a civil services board to consider transfers and postings of bureaucrats among others.


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