In a surprising move, the Government of India posted an Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), on Tuesday. As per the orders of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), B V Umadevi, an IFoS officer of 1987-Batch of Chhattisgarh-cadre, was posted as Additional Secretary, MHA.
Ahead of the new posting, Umadevi was serving as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
C Chandramouli, former secretary of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said, “The government can bring any civil service officer to any position, depending on the officer’s merit and performance. No position is reserved for IAS officers. The government has empanelled officers from all services and appointed them according to their efficiency.”
On the orders from the Centre, former senior officers highlighted that the Centre has started empanelling officers from all services and giving them to serve at crucial positions in key ministries.