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Rajasthan facing shortage of IAS officers


The Rajasthan bureaucracy that saw many surprises in recent months is short of IAS officers. Several officials are burdened with work as they are handling more than one department.

Notably, Rajasthan is short of at least 50 IAS officers, but the Union home ministry has allocated fewer officers to Rajasthan cadre in the last 15 years. Some people blame the shortage on the poor allocation of IAS officers by the Centre.

Currently, more than 25 IAS officers are holding additional responsibilities of more than one department. This has resulted in slower disposal of files.

Recently, 14 Rajasthan Administrative Services officers were promoted to IAS. But they are still working in their old department and have not been given any new assignments.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot handles postings and transfers of bureaucrats, but he has not been able to find time to allocate postings for the 14 promotee officers. It is likely that half of them would serve in districts as collectors and the remaining would be given other responsibilities in government departments.

17 IAS officers expecting promotion by Dec-end

In all, 17 IAS officers are expecting promotions by year-end after the screening committee of the state government reviews their cases on an individual basis. Sudhansh Pant, a 1991 batch IAS, is expected to be promoted as additional chief secretary. Three IAS officers would be promoted as principal secretaries and a dozen IAS officers will be promoted to the rank of secretary.

Those who are expecting promotion as principal secretary are 1997 batch officer Hemant Gera, Gayatri Rathore and Naveen Mahajan. Rohit Kumar, who belongs to the 1997 batch, is also due for promotion, though he is posted in Delhi on deputation.

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Others who are going to be promoted as secretaries are 2005 batch Joga Ram Jangid, Arushi Ajey Malik, Pooran Chand Kishan, P Ramesh, Poonam, Bhanwar Mehra, Prem Chand Berwal, Kailash Chand Meena, Gajanand Sharma, Suresh Chand Gupta, Vinita Shrivastava, Jitendra Upadhyay and Dinesh Kumar.

IPS officers also expecting promotion

Some of the IPS officers are also due for promotion and this includes 1996 batch officer Vinita Thakur, Sachin Mittal, Sanjeeb Narzari. Similarly, 10 IPS officers of the DIG level would be promoted as inspector generals.

Additional police superintendent Satyapal Middha, who is a Rajasthan Police Service officer and was due to be promoted as an IPS, was suspended on Monday night after the anti-corruption bureau nabbed him on bribery charges. He was among the five RPS officers, who are to be promoted as IPS. But his career has suffered a setback because of the ACB action.


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