The Cabinet secretary may on Thursday (Feb 18, 2016) chair a meeting of Indian Telecom Service (ITS) cadre review. This meeting was earlier scheduled for Feb 8. But it was postponed at the eleventh hour. Indianmandarins has learnt that the new Secretary Telecom had then requested (on Feb 08) for postponement of date.
The review meeting has raised eyebrows. Two successive Pay Commissions have recommended that this cadre be abolished. Even Delhi High Court has ordered to declare those ITS officers as surplus who want to revert back to DoT from BSNL/ MTNL and deploy them through surplus pool.
The review meeting is expected to yield 12 HAG and 75 SAG level posts for a fading and surplus cadre who are required only in BSNL/MTNL as Technical/Technological work of DoT is shifted to these two PSUs. What these technocrats will do in Dept of Telecom (DoT) is anybody’s guess.