New Delhi, July 05, 2023.

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has urged the State Governments to facilitate Central Deputation of IAS and other All India Services officers. He called for following the practice of cooperative federalism in true letter and spirit.

Addressing the Annual Conference of Principal Secretaries of States/UTs looking after Personnel, General Administration and Administrative Reforms, Dr Jitendra Singh said, it is both the responsibility of both the Central Government as well as the State Governments to maintain the All India character of the service and it is also in the interest of the officers to get exposure to wide range of experiences at the Central level, which in turn also has a bearing on their future empanelment or promotion in the career.

The Minister also asked Director LBSNAA Mussoorie to sensitise, encourage and guide young officers to serve both at the state and central level as IAS officers are the shared resource between the Centre and the States.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the officers get ample support to experiment with new ideas for policy formulation and added that some of the best innovative pro-people and pro-poor schemes like Swachh Bharat, JAM Trinity, Jal Jeevan, PM Kisan have been formulated since 2014 having wider socio-economic impact. He said, with increased use of technology, transparency in administration has set in and that has led to abolition of nepotism and vested interests.

The Minister said, Central Deputation is part of the federal structure in our country and urged the State Governments to cooperate with the Central Government to address the concerns in this regard. He said, an All-India Service officer is an important interface of the Government, both within the State as well as the Centre.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, there is already a laid down structure for Cadre Management of All India Services and the same needs to be followed in letter and spirit. A particular aspect in this regard is the deployment of the All-India Service officers at Centre, the Minister added.

Dr Jitendra Singh underlined that the Central Government, with the sole objective of weeding out the deadwood in order to maintain a high standard of efficiency and initiative in the State/Centre, carries out intensive review of service records of Members of the Services which has been provided under Rule 16(3) of AIS (DCRB) Rules, 1958. The Minister solicited the co-operation of the State Governments in completing all such reviews pending with them expeditiously, under intimation to DoP&T.