again opening a can of worms.
there is discrimination in this order. what happens to officers who had taken ICT losing seniority? what about officers having spouse working in private sector?
the dopt orders cited in the board letter makes it abundantly clear that the facility is extended to AIS officers and other officers having all india transfer liability. Invariably, there is all India seniority for such cadres. so no nobody is adversly affected because of transfer as special case.
in our dept the seniority of ministerial and inspector level officers is commissionerate/zone wise. definitely transfer with seniority protected would have adverse impact on some officers where the transferee is posted.
what would happen if A transferred to station X and later his spouse is transferred to station Y. Now A will request to move to Y. again seniority problem at Y.This would lead to unwanted litigations.
As a remedial measure it is suggested to continue with existing system of IC Deputation in a more liberal manner. A moving from station X to Y, will hold lein to his post at X. If he gets promotion at X, he would be allowed to officiate in promotion post at Y. This can be done by temporaray transfer of post to Y till A is posted at Y