In what is being regarded as sign of warmth between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Samajwadi Party, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on October 28, 2015 “approved the proposal for inter-cadre deputation of Shri Ajay Yadav, IAS (TN: 10) from Tamil Nadu cadre, for a period of three years on personal grounds, in relaxation of policy, as a special case”. The copy of the letter is with TosNews.
Ajay Yadav is the son-in-law of Shivpal Yadav, a powerful minister in UP and Mulayam’s younger brother. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) is normally headed by the prime minister.
Before the ACC relaxed cadre deputation norms, the department of personnel and training (DoPT) had turned down Ajay Yadav’s request to send him to his home cadre of Uttar Pradesh on deputation for three years.
The DoPT policy on the eligibility criteria for cadre deputation states, “Inter cadre deputation will be available to the officers only after completion of nine years of service in his or her cadre and before reaching Super Time Scale in his or her home cadre.”
Rules were bent for Ajay, a 2010 batch officer who was posted as joint commissioner, commercial tax, in Coimbatore simply because he is married to Shivpal’s daughter and the UP PWD minister himself wrote to the prime minister requesting inter cadre deputation.
V. Sheshadri, director in the prime minister’s office, refers to Shivpal’s letter in his communiqué to the DoPT dated August 26, 2015. Sheshadri’s note says, “A copy of the self-explanatory letter of UP Minister Shivpal Yadav in regards to the inter cadre deputation of Ajay Yadav, which is addressed to the prime minister, is being attached for necessary action.”
Shivpal’s letter coincided with Ajay Yadav’s letter of August 25, 2015, to the secretary, DoPT, for his cadre deputation request to be reconsidered on personal grounds. Subsequent to these two letters the under-secretary to the government of India, Pankaj Gangwar, issued an office memorandum asking the director, DoPT, to immediately send Ajay Yadav’s report to the ACC.
Ajay Yadav first wrote to the secretary, DoPT, for inter cadre deputation on November 7, 2014, citing personal issues. As his home state’s permission was also required, he had marked a copy to the chief secretary, government of UP. With Ajay Yadav’s father-in-law being a powerful minister in the ruling dispensation, the permission was promptly granted on December 1, 2014.
A meeting of the DoPT committee was held under the chairmanship of secretary, Mr Sanjay Kothari, on January 14, 2015 to consider the cases of inter cadre deputation/inter cadre transfer requiring relaxation of provision(s) of the guidelines. Out of seven, Ajay Yadav’s was case number two on the list.
The officer had requested inter cadre deputation from Tamil Nadu to Uttar Pradesh on the grounds that he was blessed with a baby in a hospital at Lucknow. The child, the officer said had to be referred to AIIMS, New Delhi, after developing “serious health complications”. He also mentioned that his father passed away on 15.09.2014 and that he was “duty bound to give proper medical attention to his child and take care of his mother who is staying alone in home town of Saharanpur”.
While rejecting his request, the DoPT committee said, “The officer being of 2010 batch has not completed minimum 9 years period in his parent cadre. As such the proposal for his inter cadre deputation to Uttar Pradesh cadre is not covered under the policy…The committee observed the grounds quoted by the officer were very general in nature which does not justify for consideration of his request…In view of this, the committee decided not to recommend the case of the officer for inter cadre deputation…”
He made another request on June 4, 2015 which too was turned down.
The rule book was thrown out of the window after Shivpal wrote to the PM and Ajay Yadav’s came to the state of his father-in-law. He was immediately made the district magistrate of Barabanki, barely 25 kilometers from his in-laws house in the state capital.