Bureaucracy / ब्यूरोक्रेसी

In Modi Sarkar, IAS losing turf

Delhi. The “heaven-born” continue to lose turf in the Modi sarkar. In recent months, several key appointments in Central government ministries and departments clearly indicate that the government prefers to appoint officers from other services in posts held by IAS cadres. The list of 11 new joint secretaries appointed recently only deepen this viewpoint.   Out of the 11 appointees only four are from the IAS, two each are from Central Secretariat Service (CSS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS), and one each from IRS-IT, Indian Ordnance Factory Service (IOFS) and Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS). In four of these postings, officers belonging to IRS-IT, IFoS, IOFS and IDAS, have replaced IAS officers. For example, Satyendra Kumar Mishra, a 1990 batch IRS-IT officer, has been appointed as joint secretary in the ministry of civil aviation for a period of five years in place of Anil Srivastava, a 1985 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS.   But there is yet another bit of news that should trouble the IAS babus. It appears that even in the empanelment of 1986 batch IAS officers. There is a feeling that about 18 empanelled officers of this batch to the rank of additional secretary will retire before 2020. Out of the remaining 15 officers, only 10 will be able to make it as secretary, GoI. Is this a broader indication that perhaps the government believes that many officers don’t have the necessary qualification to meet its expectations? If true, that should be a real worry.