The DoPT has been on a drive to add to the cadre strength of the CSS officers. A fresh lot of 700 CSS cadre officers have set out on training from November 2. Last June, the DoPT had appointed 1,200 CSS officers. In the last six months, it has increased by 20 per cent the functional HR strength of CSS cadre.
While the sanctioned strength for the CSS cadre is 12,000 officers (appointed through the Staff selection Commission) which forms the backbone of government’s institutional memory, most of these posts have been lying vacant for years.
There has been an acute shortage of as much as 40 per cent manpower for Assistant Grade posts. Of the sanctioned strength of 12,000 officers, the CSS has only about 6000 officers in Assistant Grade, out of which 4,800 are promotees and 1,200 officers are directly recruited in the grade. With the appointments between June and October, the DOPT has recruited about two thousand officers in the CSS cadre, thus reducing the shortfall from 40 per cent to 20 per cent.
It is expected the government would be relieved in the next six months of the acute problems caused by the huge shortage of CSS officers in the lower echelons of bureaucracy. This may help it improve its performance.