Though the Central government has given the nod to expand the IAS cadres based in Gujarat,the state that has been running short of officers,will take at least three more years to fill all the posts. The state now expects the Centre to provide double the number of fresh recruits even as it has been promoting the Gujarat administrative service officers.
Against the requirement of 260 IAS officers (if the expansion is excluded),the state is functioning with 216 officials.
After the Central government recently gave nod to increase the IAS cadre base by 37,the state now faces the deficit of 81 IAS officers. The results: Many officers hold the charge of more than a couple of departments. The administration will see major reshuffling following the retirement of as many as 9 senior-level officers this year.
Gujarat now expects the Centre to provide with more fresh recruits. Besides,the Gujarat Administrative Service (GAS) officials have also been promoted to IAS, said Dhananjay Dwivedi,additional secretary,General Administration Department.
As of now,Gujarat gets around 5 to 6 fresh recruits per year. Given the expanded base,the government is expecting the Centre to send 12 officers to Gujarat cadre this year. Besides,22 GAS officers have been promoted to IAS since last August.
The state of strength of IPS cadre is no better. In the IPS cadre,the current strength is 159,against the full strength of 197. At present,the government has been running short of as many as 120 officers of IAS and IPS cadres collectively.
The under-staffed IPS cadre has also been battered by the fact that as many as five senior officers have been suspended,following various charges,including fake encounters and conspiracy,against them. While D G Vanzara,Raj Kumar Pandian,Abhay Chudasama and Vipul Aggrawal have been accused in Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter cases,Sanjiv Bhatt has been facing disciplinary action.