Relaxing rules to end adhocism


In order to bring an end to the adhocism at the top level in the State bureaucracy, the Government has made up its mind to relax rules in consultation with the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Government of India, and consider Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers having less than 13 years of service and Super Time Scale officers of Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) for the Secretary to Government level posts. Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam held detailed discussion with the Governor Satya Pal Malik and all the four Advisors-K Vijay Kumar, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, K Skandan and K K Sharma on the prevailing crisis this morning. He informed the Governor that although the functioning of several departments is being managed through adhoc arrangements and officers who have been assigned the additional charge are trying their level best to do justice with all the departments under their charge but most of the times they find it difficult to dispose of the files expeditiously and pay timely attention on the vital issues, sources informed.
After thorough discussion, the need of relaxing rules governing the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers in consultation with Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India, to overcome the prevailing crisis was felt and it was decided that a detailed proposal in this regard would be considered by the State Administrative Council (SAC) in its next meeting, sources disclosed. As per the rules, an IAS officer becomes eligible for holding the post of Secretary to Government on the completion of 13 years of service when the officer also gets Non-Functional Selection Grade. The IAS officers who completed 13 years of service early this year are already holding the posts of Secretary to Government or equivalent rank. Now, the Government will consider those IAS officers, who have yet not completed 13 years of service, for the Secretary to Government level posts in relaxation of rules so that prevailing crisis is checked up to large extent and two-three IAS officers who have yet not completed 13 years of service are already holding the posts of Secretary to Government. Moreover, Super Time Scale KAS officers will also be considered for the Secretary to Government level posts and this step will also bring an end to the general complaint of the KAS officers fraternity that they are being denied of their due share in the top level bureaucracy. In respect of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, the Government has already granted this relaxation which is why 2007 batch IPS officers are currently holding the posts of DIG.

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