Ranchi, Sept. 11: The delay in sending recommendations for promoting state civil services and non-civil services officers to IAS fold today prompted Jharkhand High Court to remark that senior bureaucrats did not want their juniors to join the prestigious cadre.
The division bench of acting Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice S. Chandrashekhar made the observation while hearing a PIL initiated suo motu on shortage of IAS officers in the state.
The court directed the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) to file an affidavit, informing whether the personnel department has sent recommendation lists of state civil services officers for IAS promotions from 2000 to 2013. The commission will also have to mention in the affidavit whether the lists were sent on time and whether it contained defects as a result of which candidates could not be considered for promotions.
According to the court, the power to recommend names of those who ought to be promoted has not been properly and timely used by senior officers in Jharkhand.
Those responsible for sending the names to UPSC for promotion to IAS posts have been lethargic and seem to have purposely sent defective recommendation lists, which have been turned down by the commission, the bench said.
Citing instances, it said that since 2000, only one non-state civil services candidate Arun Kumar joined the IAS cadre after being promoted from the post of an engineer.
But Kumar had to fight a legal battle at the Supreme Court to get his promotion.
The case will again be heard on September 19.
Arguing on behalf of the petitioner, advocate Sumeet Gadodia said there were 30 vacant IAS posts from the state cadre in 2010, three each in 2011 and 2012, which are yet to be filled up. “The list of names has not been prepared properly for which promotions have not been granted to deserving candidates of state civil services,” Gadodia told the court.
The court was told that IAS posts are filled by 67 per cent direct recruits, while 33 per cent come from state civil services. Of this 33 per cent, 15 per cent constitute non-state civil services officials like government engineers and doctors, who are due to be promoted in the IAS cadre.
The high court had initiated the PIL suo motu on March 20, last year, taking into account the shortage of IAS officers in the state. It had observed that the main reason for lack of speedy development in Jharkhand was absence of adequate number of officers.