With procedural wrangles delaying the allotment of All India Services (AIS) officers to the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh after June 2, the Centre is stated to have decided to make ‘provisional allotment’ of some six or seven officers in IPS and IAS cadres to each State.

This provisional allotment would help run the administration in both the successor States, at least temporarily till the actual cadre allotment takes place. Without the cadre allocation taking place, the AIS officers would technically be in the service of the united Andhra Pradesh, despite the fact that two States would come into existence from June 2 - the Appointed Day. Hence, the solution of provisional allotment!

In fact, the State administration had already forwarded files on cadre allocation to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which had in turn sought clearance from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Officials expect that it would take at least a fortnight for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clear the files. Till such time, these provisionally allotted IPS and IAS officers would run the show, it was explained.

In the case of Telangana, sources say it was decided to have Anurag Sharma as the DGP, Mahender Reddy as Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad and B. Shivadhar Reddy as chief of Intelligence among other officers. It was also said that all the officers holding territorial postings like SPs would continue to function till cadre allocation orders are issued. That means an officer of Telangana origin, if posted as a district SP in Andhra Pradesh, would continue in his posting. Similarly, the chiefs of sensitive special units like the Special Intelligence Branch (SIB) and Counter Intelligence cell would also continue.