IAS LOSING GRIP
Is it no longer important being an Indian Administrative Service officer in the Narendra Modi sarkar? The government seems to be increasingly relying on other all- India services for joint secretarylevel positions rather than the “heaven- born”. According to sources, this year, the Centre so far has empanelled only 11 IAS officers for joint secretary- level posts, compared to 87 officers in 2014 when it came to power. On the other hand, it has empanelled 45 officers from the Indian Forest Service ( IFoS), 56 officers from the Indian Revenue Service ( IRS) and 70 officers from the Indian Police Service ( IPS) for these posts.
Is the Modi government consciously trying to dilute the IAS dominance by changing the landscape of Central deputation? Or is there a shortage of IAS officers caused by what has long been said about the reluctance of officials at the state level to move to Delhi and work under the Modi government?
Obviously, the current government policy is a boon for the other services who are entering positions held earlier by the IAS. After all, they have always complained of discrimination in the rules of empanelment, which favour the IAS. Perhaps Mr Modi is trying to convey that talent is not restricted to the IAS alone. And allowing lateral entry to private sector talent in the higher echelons of bureaucracy is another sign that the ground seems to be shifting from under their feet.