It wasn’t too long ago when babus used to vie for a stint at the Centre. But in the Modi era, babus seem to be increasingly reluctant to serve in Dilli. In fact, the government has admitted that the number of IAS officers appointed on Central deputation is the lowest in five years.
According to the data with the department of personnel and training (DoPT), only 153 IAS officers were appointed on Central deputation under the Central Staffing Scheme (CSS) in 2018-19, as compared to 247 during 2016-17, 320 in 2015-16, and 340 in 2014-15. The Central Staffing Scheme, which is in operation for decades, provides a systematic arrangement for selection and appointment of eligible officers from the participating services at the level of deputy secretary, director, joint secretary, additional secretary and secretary in the Central government.
The case of the prodigal babu
Rajesh Kumar Singh, an IAS officer who was sacked, has surfaced after 17 years to reclaim his job and get his dismissal revoked.
Mr Singh was dismissed from the service in 2003 for staying absent for more than five years. He had gone to the US on study leave in 1996 and didn’t return. According to sources, Mr Singh, a professor at the department of economics of the Iowa State University in the US, has made a presentation before the Prime Minister and moved the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) to reclaim his job, pleading to have been wrongly dismissed from service.
Going slow on vacancies
The Himachal Pradesh government has been delaying key appointments in the state administration. The long delay has kept babus on tenterhooks. Among the most awaited announcements is that of the next chairperson of the real estate regulatory authority (RERA), usually considered a post-retirement assignment.
The state government scrapped the state administrative tribunal (SAT) after recommending the name of chief secretary Srikant Baldi and Manisha Nanda for appointment as member, administration....