Madhya Pradesh is battling a shortfall of 98 IAS officers. And the serving bureaucrats in the state are complaining bitterly about the extra work that comes with handling multiple departments.
The total sanctioned strength of IAS officers allotted to the Madhya Pradesh cadre is 417, however, at present only 302 IAS officers are allotted to the state. Of them, three are under suspension for various reasons; while 40 are away on Central deputation.
“Out of the 417 IAS officers that the state should ideally have at its disposal, only 259 IAS officers are available at present. Of which, at least 60 joined service after 2009 and hence have little experience so to speak,” an official with the General Administrative Department (GAD) said. “So it won’t be an exaggeration to suggest that the state is being managed by only 200 IAS officers who have experience of more than four years,” he added.
The GAD, which handles bureaucrats in the state, is headed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan himself.
A senior officer, who is juggling responsibilities of at least four different departments for the past two years, admitted that he has not been able to give attention to any of the four departments the way he would have wanted to.
According to officials, the shortage of bureaucrats in the state is not a new phenomenon.