Central deputation of officers very low: DoPT



 In line with the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), States not sending officers for central deputation may affect future cadre review proposals.

What happened before:

  • DoPT has cautioned states that the amount of nominations received to this point has been very minimal.  
  • The representation of officers from various cadres/ services, especially at the deputy secretary/director level, is extremely low.
  • The cadres that haven't been forwarding adequate nominations for the CSS at various levels may need to accept less number of additional senior duty posts in future by way of the corresponding reduction.
  • The DoPT had sent an analogous communication in December 2020.  

Current Scenario:

  • Uttar Pradesh has over 500 Indian Administrative Service officers but data show that only 32 IAS officers are presently on Central deputation.
  • West Bengal has around 280 IAS officers but only 11 are posted with the Central Ministries.
  • Bihar fares better with 32 IAS officers on Central deputation out of 208.
  • 28 out of the 167 IAS officers of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre are serving the Centre.
  • Out of the 241 Gujarat cadre officers, 27 are posted with the Union government.
  • Rajasthan has deputed 13 out of its 247 IAS officers to the Centre.

what are the reason behind such less deputation?

  • The final clearance is given by the Chief Minister.  
  • So if the states are ruled by the party in contradiction to the centre they typically don’t release the officers easily.  
  • The no-objection clearance by the government is difficult to return by.

Standard Norms:

  • As per norms, States need to depute All India Services (AIS) officers, including Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, to Central government offices.
  • At any point, it can't be over 40% of the entire cadre strength.
  • Every cadre is allowed a deputation reserve to make sure that officers have the chance to figure on deputation including that under the Central Staffing Scheme [CSS], which adds to their experience.  
  • Before any officer of the AIS is named for deputation to the Centre, his or her concurrence is required.
  • The Establishment Officer within the DoPT invites nominations from the State governments.
  • Once the nomination is received, their eligibility is scrutinised by a panel then a suggestion list is ready , traditionally done with the government on board.

Concerns of the Centre:

  • In the past two years, it has not been ready to fill vacancies at the director and joint secretary level in various Central ministries.
  • Around 40% or 390 CSS posts are at the joint secretary-level (more than 19 years experience).
  • Around 60% or 540 such posts are at the rank of deputy secretary (nine years) or director rank (14 years of service).
  • The utilisation of this reserve is low and this underutilisation, particularly at the deputy secretary/director level, causes serious gaps in cadre management.

Details of The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) request:

  1. The officers nominated for Central government posts shouldn't be over 54 years.
  2. The officers who are on the verge of promotion, as could also be relevant, during the year shouldn't be nominated.
  3. It may be ensured that the names of only those officers are forwarded who are likely to stay available under the Central Staffing Scheme for full tenure.

Recent Changes by the DoPT:

  • Last year, to bridge over the crisis, the DoPT changed norms and made it mandatory for IAS officers from the 2007 batch onward;  
  • To mandatorily serve for 2 years in Central deputation within the primary 16 years of their service if they wanted to be empanelled for a joint secretary rank within the future.


Central Staffing Scheme (CSS):

  • The idea behind CSS is that the Centre’s need for fresh inputs at middle/senior levels within the formulation of policy and implementation/monitoring of varied programmes.
  • These are from diverse sources, like the All India Services and other participating organized Group ‘A’ services.
  • The services of officers from the participating Group ‘A’ services should have the subsequent background so as to get for a specified period on deputation:
  1. Scientific/technological,  
  2. Economic,  
  3. Medical,  
  4. Legal,  
  5. Trade and other sectors/fields.
  • On completion of the tenure, such officers return to their parent cadre which also stands benefitted within the process by getting exposure at the Centre.
  • The two-way movement is of mutual benefit to the service cadres and therefore the Government of India.
  • There are 37 services that are listed under the CSS Scheme.



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