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Centre unlikely to split Assam-Meghalaya cadre

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, April 5 � The Centre is unlikely to concede to the demand for bifurcation of Assam-Meghalaya cadre on the lines of the split of Manipur-Tripura cadre.

The Union Home Secretary has told a Parliamentary panel that the strength of officers for Meghalaya is very small and therefore, it may not be sustainable to have a separate cadre.

About the demand for a separate cadre for Arunachal Pradesh, the Union Home Secretary said that there was no demand from the State. Like the Meghalaya cadre, it is very small and comes under Arunachal-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories cadre.

The Home Secretary was told by members of the panel that there were eight States in the North-east and every State has problems and grievances not only on the cadre issue but also on judiciary issues, including Accountant General, police and IAS.

The members sought to know why the Ministry was not brining a comprehensive bill to amend the North-east Area Reorganisation Act, 1971.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) clarified that every State in the North-east now has got a separate Accountant General. About IAS cadre, it was further clarified that there are two joint cadres only including Assam-Meghalaya and Manipur-Tripura cadres.

However, the MHA was questioned as to why the Centre dragged a small issue like creation of a separate cadre for Tripura and Manipur for over a decade. The Parliamentary panel wanted to know as to when Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were bifurcated, there was an inbuilt enabling provision in their reorganisation Act for creation of a separate State cadre for all India service. Why such a provision was not there in the North East Reorganisation Act, the MHA was asked.

The Home Secretary told the panel that they learnt from experience. He further assured that when the Government has a reorganisation act, an enabling clause will be provided.

According to the MHA, the demand for bifurcation of the joint Manipur-Tripura cadre was initially raised by the Chief Minister of Tripura in 2004. On February 16, 2006, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary to discuss various priority areas of the Government of Tripura.

Subsequently, a meeting of the cadre controlling authorities of the All India Services was convened. It recommended the split of the joint Manipur-Tripura all India Service cadres into two independent State cadres. The State Government of Manipur and Tripura also gave their consent.

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Centre unlikely to split Assam-Meghalaya cadre

NEW DELHI, April 5 � The Centre is unlikely to concede to the demand for bifurcation of Assam-Meghalaya cadre on the lines of the split of Manipur-Tripura cadre.

The Union Home Secretary has told a Parliamentary panel that the strength of officers for Meghalaya is very small and therefore, it may not be sustainable to have a separate cadre.

About the demand for a separate cadre for Arunachal Pradesh, the Union Home Secretary said that there was no demand from the State. Like the Meghalaya cadre, it is very small and comes under Arunachal-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories cadre.

The Home Secretary was told by members of the panel that there were eight States in the North-east and every State has problems and grievances not only on the cadre issue but also on judiciary issues, including Accountant General, police and IAS.

The members sought to know why the Ministry was not brining a comprehensive bill to amend the North-east Area Reorganisation Act, 1971.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) clarified that every State in the North-east now has got a separate Accountant General. About IAS cadre, it was further clarified that there are two joint cadres only including Assam-Meghalaya and Manipur-Tripura cadres.

However, the MHA was questioned as to why the Centre dragged a small issue like creation of a separate cadre for Tripura and Manipur for over a decade. The Parliamentary panel wanted to know as to when Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were bifurcated, there was an inbuilt enabling provision in their reorganisation Act for creation of a separate State cadre for all India service. Why such a provision was not there in the North East Reorganisation Act, the MHA was asked.

The Home Secretary told the panel that they learnt from experience. He further assured that when the Government has a reorganisation act, an enabling clause will be provided.

According to the MHA, the demand for bifurcation of the joint Manipur-Tripura cadre was initially raised by the Chief Minister of Tripura in 2004. On February 16, 2006, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary to discuss various priority areas of the Government of Tripura.

Subsequently, a meeting of the cadre controlling authorities of the All India Services was convened. It recommended the split of the joint Manipur-Tripura all India Service cadres into two independent State cadres. The State Government of Manipur and Tripura also gave their consent.

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