Notwithstanding objections by states, including by even some NDA-ruled ones, the government on Sunday indicated that it might push changes in the IAS-IPS rules, as there is a shortage of personnel coming on Central deputation.

Sources in the government said amendments were required due to an acute shortage of officers for key posts dealing with Centre’s flagship schemes, national security and disaster management.

At least seven states had written to the Centre opposing the proposed changes. Apart from Bengal, Odisha, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh these include BJP and NDA-ruled Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Meghalaya.

“The number of IAS officers at the deputy secretary and director level in the country has increased from 621 in 2014 to 1,130 now. Despite higher recruitment, the number of officers on Central deputation has dropped from 117 to 114 during the same period. This has necessitated changing of the rules,” said a source.