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AS empanelment of 1992 batch of IAS: Reading between lines

By Indian Mandarins- 20 Nov 2019
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Empanelment of 1992 batch IAS officers announced on last Monday was quite different from previous batches. The notification was issued abruptly as no one apprehended it so early. (CLICK to read complete list)

The list of empanelment left almost everyone awestruck for various reasons. After we published the list first several senior officers told Indianmandarins that initially they apprehended that names on the list could be an speculative one as it was too difficult for them to believe that only 19 IAS officers could make it. It was learnt that a few disappointed aspirants immediately chose to take a break/leave from the office. Though several eligible and deserving officers have started preparing their representation against non-empanelment and many left outs may hope for their chances in review empanelment but their dreams appear to have shattered now. 

Various aspects of empanelment of 1992 batch draw immediate attention and offer a lot to read between the lines:

  1. The 1992 batch, comprising 73 officers, had approximately 48 JS rank officers of which merely 19 could make a cut whereas 1991 batch had 68 JS rank officers of which 31 got empanelled to Additional Secretary (AS) and AS Equivalent.
  2. None of the officers from Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Assam, Meghalaya, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Odisha and West Bengal could see career prospects to serve as Additional Secretary in Govt of India. 
  3. The empanelment apparently went in favour of officers belonging to Manipur, Kerala, J&K and Madhya Pradesh. Manipur cadre proved to be the luckiest having all three officers empanelled as Additional Secretary proper.
  4. Three states; Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim, did not have representation as there was no allotment of IAS officers to these states from 1992 batch. 
  5. Of 19 (empanelled) officers only four are presently working in Govt of India namely; Mrs Nidhi Khare (Joint Secretary, M/o Environment & Forest & CC), Vineet Joshi (JS, M/o HRD), S C L Das (JS, MHA) and Sanjay Kumar (JS, M/o HRD). Majority (15 nos.) of them are currently serving in their cadre states. S C L Das played key role in Kartarpur Corridor negotiation.
  6. Contrary to the provisions and established norms (i.e. 03 years at Director or JS level post in Govt of India under Central Staffing Scheme) two IAS officers served less than a year under CSS and got empanelled.
  7. Among the empanelled ones two IAS officers having longest residual service worked in private sector (out of Centre/Cadre) for more than three years and joined back service. Reportedly, they served outside the government under certain provisions i.e. Extra ordinary leave (EoL).  
  8. Among those empanelled Sanjeev Kaushik (IAS:1992:KL) will be the last to retire (April 2029) followed by Narendra Bhooshan (March 2029) and Bipul Pathak (February 2029). Further, 08 officers would remain on turf till 2028; Shashi Ranjan Kumar (Dec. 2028), Vineet Joshi (Nov. 2028), Vumlunmang Vualnam (July 2028), Arunish Chawla (July 2028), Shaleen Kabra (July 2028), Neelam Shammi Rao (March 2028), Nidhi Khare (Feb. 2028) and Ashwani Kumar (Jan. 2028).
  9. Three officers have residual service up to 2027, three officers up to 2026 whereas 01 will be retiring in 2025; V L Kantha Rao (Dec. 2027), Anurag Srivastava (June 2027), Dr Rajendra Kumar (Jan. 2027); S C L Das (April 2026), Rakesh Ranjan (Aug. 2026) and K Gopal (Aug 2026), Sanjay Kumar (May 2025). K Ellangovan would be the first among the lot to retire (Jan 2022).

Like it happens after the empanelment of each successive batch this time too several officers on the list cited several upright and competent officers/batchmates whose non-empanelment came as a surprise to them. Several bright officers remained left out which appears to have shattered their dreams; though for time being only.  

 

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