Send More Officers on Deputation, Asks Center to States

Story highlights

  • Narendra Modi government has asked all states to spare more officers for central deputation, because of the shortage of IAS bureaucrats at the middle-level
  • A total of 493 posts out of 1,051 for IAS officers on central deputation are acquired, making the vacancy of 558 or about 54 percent.

As per the official release, the Narendra Modi government has asked all states to spare more officers for central deputation, because of the shortage of IAS bureaucrats at the middle-level.

As per the government data, a total of 493 posts out of 1,051 for IAS officers on central deputation are acquired, making the vacancy of 558 or about 54 percent. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) wrote a letter to the states which has reportedly said that the movement of the officers from states to the Centre and back is crucial for building capabilities at the state-level. Also, it may lead to contributing towards developing national perspectives at the decision-making levels in the government of India.

The letter said, “It would, therefore, be appropriate considering the fact that there is general shortage of IAS officers at Deputy Secretary/Director level, if a conscious attempt is made while forwarding the names of the officers, so as to share the shortage proportionately between the Centre and the states and also that every eligible officer has an opportunity to serve at the Centre at least once at the middle management level”.

The letter referring to deficiency said, West Bengal has deputed 11 of 56 IAS officers whereas Uttar Pradesh has allowed 50 officers of 121. Gujarat has sent 19 of 51 officers on central deputation. The BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh has deputed only 25 IAS officers out of the CDR of 75 and the neighouring state Chhattisgarh has sent only five bureaucrats out of 31. Haryana has sent 12 officers out of the permissible strength of 31.

In the same manner, Out of 35 authorised central deputation reserve, only19 IAS officers are working with the Centre. For AGMUT cadre (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory or AGMUT cadre), 42 IAS officers are on central deputation against the authorised limit of 56.

As per the letter, the total of 38 officers of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, 36 from Bihar and 22 from Himachal Pradesh are working at the Centre against the authorised CDR limit of 45, 48 and 26 respectively for the described states.

In the Jammu and Kashmir cadre (out of 19) only 11 IAS officers, 10 of Jharkhand (against 28), 19 of Karnataka (against 44) and 20 of Maharashtra (out of 65) are deputed at the Centre. Only Kerala is the state from which 32 IAS officers of Kerala cadre are at present working at the Centre, two more than the desired central deputation reserve.

The status gets better in the Northeastern states for the IAS officers on central deputation. A total of 12 IAS officers of Manipur cadre, eight of Nagaland, four of Sikkim and 10 of Tripura are on central deputation against the authorised positions of 18, 15, eight and 15 respectively.

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