HP govt urges Cen­tre to repa­tri­ate 16 IAS of­fi­cers

STAFF CRUNCH Of the 147 state of­fi­cers, 32 are on cen­tral dep­u­ta­tion

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Region - Gau­rav Bisht gau­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com ■

Many of­fi­cers have com­pleted more than 5 years on the cen­tral dep­u­ta­tion. BK AG­GAR­WAL, chief sec­re­tary, HP

SHIMLA:Due to staff crunch, Hi­machal Pradesh gov­ern­ment has asked the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment again to repa­tri­ate as many as 16 In­dian Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vice (IAS) of­fi­cers from the cen­tral dep­u­ta­tion.

Hi­machal Pradesh gov­ern­ment’s depart­ment of per­son­nel has drawn a list of 16 IAS of­fi­cers on the cen­tral dep­u­ta­tion who have com­pleted more than five years on cen­tral dep­u­ta­tion. There are two of­fi­cers who are on cen­tral dep­u­ta­tion for more than five years and eight IAS of­fi­cers on cen­tral dep­u­ta­tion are there for more than four years. “We have made a list of of­fi­cers and have put it up with gov­ern­ment for its con­sid­er­a­tion,” an of­fi­cial said on anonymity.

Hi­machal has cadre strength of 147 IAS of­fi­cer and 32 of them are on dif­fer­ent dep­u­ta­tions with the cen­tral gov­ern­ment.

The depart­ment of per­son­nel and train­ing (DoPT) has ex­tended ten­ure of the cen­tral dep­u­ta­tion to seven years which forced Him- achal gov­ern­ment to write to the Cen­tre for send­ing back its of­fi­cials.

“There are many of­fi­cers who have com­pleted more than five years in the cen­tral dep­u­ta­tion. Gov­ern­ment will take a call on them. Opt­ing for the cen­tral dep­u­ta­tion is part of ca­reer plan­ning,” chief sec­re­tary BK Ag­gar­wal said.

Hi­machal Pradesh gov­ern­ment had writ­ten to the cen­tral gov­ern­ment in April ask­ing them to send back at least half a dozen of­fi­cers who were on the cen­tral dep­u­ta­tion. How­ever, it is learnt that many of the of­fi­cers were un­will­ing to re­turn from their as­sign­ment mid­way.

The gov­ern­ment had re­called IAS of­fi­cials of Hi­machal cadre, in­clud­ing Manoj Ku­mar who is cur­rently posted as chief vig­i­lance of­fi­cer with the Delhi de­vel­op­ment au­thor­ity; Kon­dru San­jay Murthy posted as joint sec­re­tary with in­for­ma­tion and broad­cast­ing min­istry; Kam­lesh Ku­mar Pant posted as chief vig­i­lance of­fi­cer with the Na­tional High­way Au­thor­ity of In­dia; Ra­jneesh posted as joint sec­re­tary com­merce and in­dus­trie; Sub­hasheesh Panda posted as di­rec­tor with food and pub­lic dis- tri­b­u­tion depart­ment and Amitabh Awasthi posted as deputy di­rec­tor (ad­min­is­tra­tion) PGIMER, Chandigarh. Of the to­tal six, only Manoj Ku­mar re­turned as ad­di­tional chief sec­re­tary (home).

How­ever, it has been learnt that ma­jor­ity of of­fi­cers on the cen­tral dep­u­ta­tion are not will­ing to re­turn back from their as­sign­ment mid­way.

In Hi­machal Pradesh sec­re­tar­iat, many se­nior bu­reau­crats are hold­ing more than two de­part­ments.

The state gov­ern­ment has been feel­ing bureau­cratic crunch since long. Pre­vi­ous state gov­ern­ment led by Virb­hadra Singh had also writ­ten to the Cen­tre and sent let­ters for deput­ing IAS of­fi­cers in cadre post in state.

But the move did not fall through. The pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment had also asked the cen­tral gov­ern­ment to en­hance num­ber of IAS of­fi­cers from the 147 to 155.

The depart­ment of per­son­nel and train­ing is yet to ap­prove re­quest to en­hance the state’s cadre strength from 147 to 155.

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