The Central Government is planning to appoint retired IAS officers to the key government positions lying vacant.
The opportunities are open for Secretary, Rajya Sabha, Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Member UPSC, CMD Indian Trade Promotion Organisation etc.
Many Joint Secretaries, Additional Secretary and Secretary rank officers have already been repatriated.
Now, speculation is rife that retired IAS like former power secretary P K Pujari, the outgoing home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, outgoing DFS Secretary Ajnuli Chib Duggal, former expenditure secretary R Pwatlal, DEA secretary Shaktikanta Das among others can be appointed to these vacant positions.
Giving more say to IAS officers opinion, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has recently said that the opinion and advice given by public servants in the course of decision making should not be made public.
The Finance Minister was speaking after releasing a book entitled “I@S – TALE TOLD BY AN IASs” written by Omesh Saigal, a retired Officer of the Indian Administrative Service (1964 Batch) at a function held in Delhi.
On the same occasion, Tejinder Khanna, former civil servant and Lt. Governor of Delhi said that the bureaucrats should be allowed to give their opinion in a free and fair manner so that the good suggestions are not left –out in the process of decision making.