Published on: March 30, 2022



The high court of Karnataka directed the government to submit a status report on the constitution of the Civil Services Board (CSB) in compliance with the directions of the Supreme Court in 2013 CIVIL SERVICES BOARD

  • To insulate the bureaucracy from political interference and to put an end to frequent transfers of civil servants by political bosses, the Supreme Court had in 2013 directed the Centre and the states to set up a civil services board to consider transfers and postings of bureaucrats among others.
  • As per rules, all states should have a civil services board to decide on transfers and postings of the bureaucrats.
  • Functions:
    • The board is mandated to decide on the transfer of a civil servant before completion of his or her fixed tenure.
    • The rules mandate the civil services board to submit an annual report on January 1 to the central government about the date of the meetings held by them.
  • Composition:
    • Headed by chief secretary of a state.
    • Has senior most additional chief secretary or chairman, Board of Revenue, Financial Commissioner or an officer of equivalent rank and status as member.
    • In addition, it will have Principal Secretary or Secretary, Department of Personnel in the state government as member secretary.