Soon non-IAS bureaucrats will have better career prospects as they will have more avenues to make as Additional Secretary and Secretary level post in mainstream departments. Probably for the first time the cadre controlling authorities of other Group-A services (IPS, IRS IT, IRS C&CE, IFoS, IIS etc) have been asked to nominate the officers to be considered for appointment as AS & secretary. Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha has issued a letter to the secretaries of central government ministries demanding the nominations.
The posts of secretaries and additional secretaries are being mostly occupied by the IAS cadres only, breaking the jink, Sinha wrote “those officers who have completed a minimum of 30 years of service are eligible for empanelment as secretary, whereas for additional secretary the requirement is a minimum 25 years of service”.
All concerned ministries and cadre-controlling authorities including Finance Ministry for IRS, Home Ministry for IPS and Environment Ministry for IFoS have been asked to send their recommendations by February 29 along with Central Vigilance Commission clearance.
In a letter, it is proposed to draw up panels of IPS, IFoS and officers belonging to other Group A services for appointment at the level of Secretary and Additional Secretary in the government of India.
The move has really cheers to officers of Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Forest Service (IFoS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and Indian Information Service (IIS), among others.