Wednesday, August 24, 2016

In a surprise move, the Central Govt on Monday night announced the constitution of a task force for a comprehensive study of the cadre structure of all organised Group ‘A’ Central Services and sought a report within three months.The decision of the Department of Personnel is on the directive of the Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.



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Task force for cadre review of Group ‘A’ Central Services

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In a surprise move, the Central Govt on Monday night announced the constitution of a task force for a comprehensive study of the cadre structure of all organised Group ‘A’ Central Services and sought a report
within three months. The decision of the Department of Personnel is on the directive of the Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Besides the three Group ‘A’ All India Services — the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS), which are common to the Centre and the States, there are 58 other technical and specialised services.

These include the Indian Audit & Accounts Service Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India, the P&T Accounts and Finance Service in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Indian Postal Service and the Indian Foreign Service.

The Terms of Reference of the task force is to make a comprehensive study of the structures of organized Group ‘A’ level, recommend ideal structure expected at the higher levels of the posts of Director General to Additional Secretary, suggest ways of ideal recruitment and the way forward to “mitigate stagnation” level.

The objective of the ‘Cadre Review’ exercise is to ensure the smooth functioning of the service and keeping up the morale of its members. In view of the deficiencies in the management of the various cadres highlighted by a study team, the Administrative Reforms Commission had recommended that “for all, service advance projection should be made of the requirements of personnel for 5 years at a time” and that these should be followed by mid-term appraisals.

It is not clear from the Terms of Reference whether the task force would address the most contentious and sensitive issue related parity between the IAS and other technical services, including that of doctors, engineers and scientists. Efforts by representatives of other services to prevail upon the 7th Pay Commission to consider parity with the IAS in pay, perks and promotions came to a naught as the Commission did not go deep into the subject.

In a representation before the 7th Pay Commission, the Indian Railway Accounts Service had maintained that out of 30 posts of Financial Advisors at the level of Joint secretary and Additional secretary, 17 are garnered by the IAS, whose officers cannot be expected to have the required technical skill to advise on matters related to Railway.

Officers in the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), the Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS), the Indian Defence Accounts and Indian Audit Accounts barely reach the level of Director before retirement. The Indian Revenue Service association had actually demanded the scrapping of the empanelment process on the ground that it is dominated by the IAS. The IPS association had quoted statistics to demonstrate how other central services, which come through common selection process, were discriminated both in pay and positions compared to the 'elite' Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

It had pointed out to the Commission how the IAS had cornered specialised posts in the internal security department of the Home Ministry — out of 20 joint secretaries in the Ministry, only one is an IPS, the rest are IAS. “Mere stint or two in the area of financial management in one's career is not good enough for being considered as Financial Advisors in ministries,” Railway officers had said.

According to estimates, about 75 per cent of joint secretaries, 85 per cent of additional secretaries and 90 per cent of secretaries are from the IAS.

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3 comments:

  1. karunakaran a ex havildarAugust 24, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    A very good step to avoid the monopolistic status, all are gaining experience in running the government , members from all cadres should be entrusted the job of running administrative capability of the government

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  2. Every should know that IAS is not a diploma,degree or doctorate got from university.Central government(UPSC) conducts competitive examination for recruiting candidates with various qualifications.The UPSC is entrusted with this responsibility to conduct competitive examination for the Indian Administrative Service.Successful candidates are recruited as district administrative officer.There is nothing unique in this job where he or she has to apply his head.In fact,in rest of the service like IPS,IFS,IRS and IES, one has to apply his brain but certainly not in IAS.It is purely an administrative job which was designed and created for the British Lords those days when they ruling India.This post is vested with enormous power to handle the mass.Such powers, rules, regulations and previlges of this cadre was formulated during the British GULAAMAI period.Now this job is considered as an esteemed one and lucrative with false imagination.They are not Indras from heaven.Their salaries are hiked every pay commission.Their family accomodations you will even today sprawled in 10s of acres where as any other govt servant will be given accomodation measuring only few hundred square feet.It is ridiculous to attach such an imprtance as if this post of Lord Indra in heaven.

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  3. Any way this will be done by a committee of BCracy only...

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