Freshly recruited IAS officers, who will soon start their careers from Delhi instead of cadre states allocated to them, will get a three-month attachment as part of their two-year training and will work in capacity of section officers with the Union government. But these officers will have a new designation during their Central stint — Assistant Secretary.
The first batch of such officers — 187 officers of 2013 batch — will reach Delhi by August 31. Their three-month deputation will begin the next day. Sources in Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said the idea was mooted by the PM and the decision was taken only this month.
Sources said every ministry will accommodate 2-5 officers depending on its size and the officers will fill vacant posts of section officers. Currently, around 250 such posts are vacant. Sources added that the new batch would directly report to their respective joint secretaries.
Until now, IAS officers were eligible to come on Central deputation only after nine years of service at their cadre. The new plan, sources said, was devised after realising that most officers when they came to Centre had no idea about the functioning of Central Secretariat. The designation, Assistant Secretary, was thought of to avoid any controversy, since section officers are from Central Secretariat Service.