The Centre has set in a process of empanelling IPS and IRS officers for appointments as Secretaries and Additional Secretaries in various ministries. These are the posts which are generally occupied by IAS officers.
Pradeep Kumar Sinha, Cabinet Secretary has written to Secretaries of Central Government Ministries and cadre- controlling authorities seeking nomination of officers for these posts.
In his letter, Sinha said, “It is proposed to draw up panels of IPS, IFoS and officers belonging to other Group A services for appointment at the level of Secretary and Additional Secretary in the Government of India.”
The move will be beneficial for officers of Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Forest Service (IFoS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and Indian Information Service (IIS), among others. They have been objecting to service-related benefits enjoyed by those in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
Sinha further added, “those officers who have completed a minimum of 30 years of service are eligible for empanelment as secretary, whereas for additional secretary the requirement is a minimum 25 years of service.”
All concerned ministries and cadre-controlling authorities have been asked to send their recommendations by February 29, along with vigilance clearance from Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).