About 180 IAS officers of 2015 batch will be posted as Assistant Secretaries in different central government departments for three months, beginning July 3. The posting is part of a unique initiative started by the central government to groom bureaucrats at the Centre before they move out to their respective state cadres. All officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) are allotted cadres — which could either be a state or group of states. The officers are supposed to start their career in their respective cadre states. As per rules, IAS officers are eligible to come on central deputation only after completing nine years service at their respective cadres. About 180 officers of 2015 batch will be on central deputation for 13 weeks — July 3, 2017 to September 27, 2017, an order issued recently by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
These officers will be designated as Assistant Secretaries during the period and will be attached to departments allotted to them, it said. They will take over the assignment after expiry of Phase- II training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie on June 30. The officers will be entitled for medical facilities and Central Deputation on Tenure Allowance (CDTA), which is presently 10 per cent of basic pay subject to a ceiling of Rs 4,000.They will also be provided accommodation during the period of their central deputation.
The DoPT has earmarked about 200 posts of Section Officer’s grade to accommodate these officers against the posts of Assistant Secretaries. “The idea behind allowing these young officers to start their career from Delhi is to familiarise them with the functioning of the Union government and enable them to get themselves introduced to various functionaries and officials in the central government hierarchy,’ a senior DoPT official said.