Central deputation,often considered an assured step for career progression,seems to have lost its charm for the IAS and IPS officials from Punjab.
Once considered a challenging state mostly during the militancy era to work in,the bureaucrats and the police officers,seem to find the going easy in Punjab now something that can be gauged from the fact that from the current crop only two IAS officers have submitted willingness to go on central deputation. No IPS officer has opted for central posting.
Of the two IAS officers,RC Nayar,Principal Secretary (Labour),is willing to join as additional secretary in Centre while Dr Roshan Sunkaria has opted for deputation to the post of Executive Director,Food Corporation of India. Another IAS officer,Anurag Aggarwal,too had applied applied for a posting in FCI but later withdrew his application.
While those in know of things say officers are unwilling to leave Punjab owing to the comfortable postings here,senior government officials blame it on the lack of numbers.
The sanctioned cadre strength for Punjab is 221 IAS and 172 IPS officers and a maximum of 20 per cent of the officers can go on deputation. The state is functioning with 180 IAS and 142 IPS officers.
At present 15 Punjab cadre IAS officers are on central deputation. These include Anjuli Chib Duggal (1981),NS Kalsi (1984),Kalpana Mittal (1985) and Ravneet Kaur (1988). The state government has already to written to centre to relieve Ravneet,on deputation for the last eight years,as her services are needed in the state.
Among others are Alok Shekhar (1994) posted as Director,Civil Aviation; Rahul Bhandari as Private Secretary of Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal,Bhandaris wife Rakhee Gupta Bhandhari also attached with Bansal,KAP Sinha (1992) posted as private secretary to Union Minister Preneet Kaur and Tejveer Singh (1994) and his wife Jaspreet Talwar (1995) on deputation in IAS Academy,Mussorie. Also MP Singh,a PCS officer of 2005 batch is posted as Additional Private Secretary to Preneet Kaur.
Some time back Rakesh Singh returned from central deputation and took charge Punjab Chief Secretary of the state. Among others who returned are Vinni Mahajan (1987) who was deputed as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister Office,her husband Dinkar Gupta (1987 batch IPS) who was the Joint Director in Intelligence Bureau,DP Reddy (1985) and Karan Avtar Singh (1984).
Three A Didar Singh,Sundaram Krishnan and BS Gupta retired.
Sources said,many officers do not want to go on central deputation,owing to accommodation and transport problems that they may face at the place of their posting.
Punjab is neighbouring Delhi,so officers do not prefer central deputation. Also,there are not too many ministers in Union Cabinet from Punjab. The ministers from other states prefer officers from their home states, an officer said.
Among the IPS officers,19 are on central deputation even as Dinkar,AS Rai,V Neerja and Vibhu Raj returned to Punjab .
Rakesh Aggrawal (1999) is the Regional Passport Officer at Chandigarh while SK Goel and AK Sharma (both 1984 batch) are in cabinet secretariat. RC Singh (1988) is in UN,Parmod Kumar (1988) is Joint Director,CBI,Parag Jain (1989),Pawan Kumar Rai (1997) & Kapil Dev (1995) are in R&AW,RN Dokhe (1993) is Additional Commissioner Security in Civil Aviation,Parveen Kumar Sinha (1994) and his wife Anita Punj are Deputy Directors (in the rank of DIG) in National Police Academy,Hydrabad. Also,Amit Parshad is posted as DIG in ITBP,Neelab Kishore is Superintendent of Police (CBI) at Dehradun,Nageshwar Rao also is Spm,CBI,Arun Kumar Ohran is on deputation to his home state Jharkhand as IGP Dumka Zone.