Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Officers Association IAS has called on the government to take a lenient stance on transferring state government employees, who are the spouses of all Indian service officers, who are natives of the state but work in other states or at the Center.
In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister, the Secretary of the Association of State IAS Officers, Mr. G. Rajamanickam, said that the employees, who happen to be the spouses of all Indian Service Officers (including IAS, IPS and IFS), should be considered as one of the categories to be given preferential consideration to be transferred or retained in the places of their choice, subject to the availability of places.
The reason the association cites such a request is that there are several natives of the state who are recruited into these three services and are posted to several states or are delegates to the Center, many of them leaving their families behind. in the state. for various reasons.
“Often their aging parents who need support would be cared for by their spouses, among whom there are several state government employees. When they are transferred without being given the opportunity to present their case, it can lead to difficulties in the family life of officers serving in other states or at the Center. We only ask the government to treat them leniently in such cases,” Rajamanickam told TOI.
The state government already has a list of 20 protected or special preference categories of state government employees while considering them for transfers. This list includes employees belonging to the SC/ST category, employees who are blind, disabled, with speech or hearing impairments, people with locomotor disabilities including cerebral palsy, cured leprosy, dwarfism, victims of acid attacks and muscular dystrophy, people with mental disabilities.
Parents of children with dementia, parents of children with cerebral palsy or autism, parents of children with more than 50% disabilities, parents of children with speech or Hearing, dependents of people killed in war, employees caring for relatives who were freedom fighters, widows or separated people are also included in the category.
It also includes intercaste or interfaith married employees, those with legally adopted children, the state or district president or general secretary of recognized service organizations, employees who have served in the defense forces, and dependents of defense personnel, among others. Interestingly, these categories alone would cover a significant number of state government employees.