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Centre wants women, SC/ST, IAS, IPS officers on deputation

All states have been asked by the Centre to nominate more women, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe IAS and IPS officers for central deputation to meet the shortfall. Besides, they have been reminded that withdrawal of nomination at a later stage will debar officers from central deputation for five years and also from foreign postings.

“Sufficient names of women and SC, ST and OBC officers may be sponsored so that adequate representation can be provided to them on posts under the Central Staffing Scheme (CSS),” a communication to all states and cadre controlling authorities by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.

The Central Deputation Reserve (CDR) of each state cadre determines the extent to which officers could be sent on deputation to the government of India. “Not only that the CDR is low, most of the states fail to achieve the proportionate CDR by a wide margin,” it said, while asking them to take steps to meet the shortfall.

There is a general shortage of IAS officers at deputy secretary and director level and, therefore, you may like to recommend a sufficiently large number of officers for appointment to these posts so as to share the shortage proportionately between the Centre and the states, the communication said.

“You would agree that the movement of the officers from the states to the Centre and back is also crucial for building up the capabilities at the state level and contributing towards developing national perspectives at the decision- making levels in the government of India,” the DoPT said.

“It would, therefore, be appropriate if a conscious attempt is made to forward the names of officers for deputation under government of India in such a manner that every eligible officer has an opportunity to serve at the Centre at least once at the middle management level," the DoPT said.

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