Patna, Nov. 30: Manpower crisis in the bureaucracy has ended with several state civil servants being promoted to the IAS rank.
The Centre has cleared promotion of 38 officers of state service in the rank of an IAS and 21 police officers have got the badge of an IPS.
The promotion of the officers belonging to the state service cadre both in the IAS and the IPS would fill up vacancies to some extent. The state is already facing an acute shortage of IAS and IPS officers as at least 28 IAS officers are holding additional charges of two or more than two departments.
According to sources in the general administration department, 22 state service officers of the 2008-batch, 13 of the 2009-batch and three of the 2010-batch were promoted in the rank of IAS under state quota. This has helped the government tide over the crisis of top civil servants in the state.
With the new promotions cleared by the Union home ministry and the Union Public Service Commission, the shortfall of IAS officers in the state has been reduced to 58 only. Earlier, Bihar had 96 IAS officers less that the sanctioned strength of 326.
Of 326 posts of IAS, 70 are reserved for central deputation. The state, however, earlier had only 230 serving IAS officers of which 29 were on central deputation. After the promotion, the strength of the serving IAS officers in Bihar has gone up to 268.
Sources said in spite of provision for promotion of officers from engineering or medical services to the rank of IAS, no officer has been promoted from the two categories since 2002.
Similarly, in police administration, 21 officers of the state police service were promoted to the IPS rank last week. This has reduced the shortfall of IPS officers in the state to 27 only. The state has a sanctioned strength of 231 IPS officers.
However, only 183 officers were working of which 26 officers were posted with different central government organisations.
After the promotion, the strength of the serving IPS officers has gone up to 204.
The state has a reserved quota of 40 IPS officers to be sent on central deputation. Going by the data, the state still has 14 less officers on central deputation.
With the promotion of state service officers in the rank of an IPS, the government may now post the officers both on both cadre and non-cadre posts according to prescribed rules. This will also facilitate the promotion of deputy superintendents of police in the rank of senior deputy superintendent of police and additional superintendent of police, said a senior IPS officer.
Director-general of police Abhayanand felicitated all the 21 state cadre police officers promoted to the IPS.
The DGP decorated every newly inducted officer with IPS badge on their shoulders in the presence of a galaxy of IPS officers.
Bihar, like several other states, was facing a shortage in the IAS and IPS officers that affected governance and policing in recent times.