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Himachal govt to recall IAS officers on deputation

August 25, 2019 05:31 AM


Himachal govt to recall IAS officers on deputation
There has been a shortage of bureaucrats in Himachal. We will seek the officers’ consent before recalling them back. SHRIKANT BALDI , additional chief secretary

SHIMLA:Facing staff crunch, Himachal Pradesh government has decided to recall more Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officers on central deputation.

Recently, the state government had written to the Centre to repatriate five IAS officers of Himachal cadre and is mulling to recall more.

Himachal has a total cadre strength of 148 IAS and as many as 28 of them are on different deputations with the Centre. However, prior to putting in the request, the state government is seeking the officers’ consent of returning back to the hill state.

In April, the state government had requested to repatriate at least half a dozen officers, out of which many showed unwillingness to return back to the state.

“There has been a shortage of IAS officers in the state. We will seek their consent before recalling them back,” additional chief secretary Shrikant Baldi said.

The state government has been feeling the pinch of bureaucratic crunch since long.

Chief minister Jai Ram-led state government has been persisting IAS officers on central deputation to return back to the state. In Himachal Pradesh secretariat, many senior bureaucrats are holding more than two departments.

Recently senior bureaucrat Anil Khachi moved to the Centre while principal secretary (finance) Anil Kumar Khachi, a 1986 batch IAS, was appointed as secretary of department of investment and public asset management. Himachal chief secretary B K Aggarwal has been appointed as secretary, Lokayukta.

A 1985-batch IAS, Shrikant Baldi, who is additional chief secretary and principal secretary to chief ministers, is likely to succeed Aggarwal, who will proceed to New Delhi after monsoon session commences on August 31.

Those on central deputation include Asa Ram Sihag, Sanjeev Gupta, Ali Raza Rizvi, Kondru Sanjay Murthy, Bharat Harbans Lal Khera, Manish Garg, Rajnish, Subashish Panda, Anuradha Thakur, Meera Mohanty, Amandeep Garg, Ritesh Chauhan, Amitabh Awasthi, Pushpendra Rajput, Nandita Gupta, R Selvam, Ashish Singhmar and R D Nazeem

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