- The Supreme Court has agreed to examine a government appeal against the Delhi High Court’s decision to quash the cadre allocation of IAS and IPS officers of the 2018 batch.
- The Delhi high court’s verdict came on petitions filed by various officers. The petitioners had claimed that the interpretation of Cadre Allocation Policy 2017 adopted by the government was unfair and arbitrary and the cadres were not allocated taking into account both merits and preferences of the candidates.
- In 2017,the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had amended the earlier roster-based system of cadre allocation policy to make it a zone-based policy with the aim of protecting the national character of the top civil services.
- The move was to ensure that they do not turn into regional services because an increasing number of officers were opting for cadres in their home states or neighboring states.
- Under the policy,states are divided into five zones.The candidates first mark their descending order of preference in various zones and then select a preferred cadre in each zone.
- After indicating one preferred cadre,the candidates have to follow the same process and indicate their second preferred cadre in each zone.The same process continues for other cadres and zones.For no preference in zones and cadres, the candidates have to enter “99”.
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