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Maharashtra cadre officials oppose exam plan for IAS promotion

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra civil service officers' association has objected to the Centre's proposal to hold a competitive examination for promotion of state revenue officials to the Indian Administration Service (IAS) cadre.
A month ago, the Centre proposed that instead of nominating state revenue cadre on the basis of seniority, the Union Public Service Commission hold a competitive examination for such nominees.

At present, additional collectors are inducted into the IAS on the basis of their seniority and their confidential service record of the last five years. During the last five years, an average of 10 additional collectors were inducted into the IAS.
"The new scheme will result in injustice to several candidates. Most of the southern states have rejected the proposal. Maharashtra, too, should reject it," a senior office-bearer of the state civil service officers' association said. "We will soon submit a memorandum to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and chief secretary J K Banthia to lodge a protest against the central plan. The CM and the chief secretary should discuss the pros and cons of the proposal in the cabinet and with the office-bearers of the association before taking a final decision."
There are 550 deputy collectors and 180 additional collectors in Maharashtra. All additional collectors are eligible for induction into the IAS, depending on the number of vacant posts.
"So far, the state government has not received the proposal, but the new scheme should be considered," said Banthia. "Once we receive the Centre's proposal, we will take a decision on whether or not to accept the scheme."
Currently, it takes a minimum of 20 years for a state revenue officer to be inducted into the IAS. The Centre's reasoning is that the new scheme will ensure that officers are inducted into the IAS earlier and adequate weightage is given to the number of years an official has put in the service.
"We have additional collectors who have put in 20-23 years, but are still waiting for induction into the IAS. The Centre has proposed an exam for them. Their experience would be given due importance," Banthia said.

 Source: by  Prafulla Marpakwar, TNN May 21, 2013, 01.57AM IST

Now, ACRs won’t hold good for promotion for state civil, police service officers

NEW DELHI: Impressive annual confidential reports (ACRs) of the state civil/police service officers will no longer be enough to get them inducted into IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service (IFS) through promotion. Now, they will have to appear in a competitive examination, which is to be conducted annually by the UPSC. (Click anywhere to read Indian Administrative Service (Appointment by Induction)Regulation 2013

At present, induction of state service officers into elite All India Services is made on the basis of review of their ACRs by a departmental promotion panel where officers upto 54 years are eligible for promotion.

Usually, one-third of senior duty posts are reserved for promotion under the current method of induction. This practice will change under a new scheme of the selection process for appointment by promotion or selection to the various cadres of All India Service. 

"Government may in future also opt for the same method of promotions for officers within the central civil services," said an official.

After fine-tuning the proposed change in the scheme, the Centre on Tuesday wrote to all the states asking them to give their "considered opinion" on the decision by May 31.

Though the Centre had sent a similar letter to the states earlier as well, it did not set any deadline. The ministry of personnel - which wrote to chief secretaries of all states on Tuesday — this time appears determined to allow the UPSC to conduct the competition examination for this purpose from this year. The note says that if any state fails to give its comments, "it will be presumed that the state government does not
have any comment to offer in this regard and further necessary action will be taken accordingly".

Under the new scheme, the selection will now be made through a comprehensive three-stage process - written examination, interview and service records — carrying a maximum of 1,000 marks. The maximum 550 marks (55%) will be allocated for written examination, whereas 250 marks (25%) will be set aside for service records of aspiring officers. The remaining 200 marks (20%) will be kept for interview.

The competitive examination will be open only for those state civil/police service officers who complete minimum eight years.

The examination will test the aptitude, general awareness and state and service specific knowledge of officers before preparing a merit list for their promotion and induction into elite central services. Service specific knowledge and aptitude test will carry maximum weight in the written component of the examination. 

Under the scheme, the number of officers of state civil services who will be called for the written examination will be five times the substantive vacancies in the order of seniority in that service. Assessment of service records will also be made objectively under the new system. 


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