NEW DELHI: In a unique initiative to groom bureaucrats at the Centre before they move out to their respective state cadres, Indian Administrative Service officers of the 2016 batch will be posted in Central government departments for three months starting July 2.
According to an order from the department of personnel and training, these officers of the 2016 batch will be starting their career from Central ministries in Delhi. The order said that the officers will report to their respective state cadres after completion of their 13-week tenure.
Training of officers of 2016 batch will conclude on June 29 at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration based at Mussoorie and they will join at Centre on July 2. They will report to the Joint secretaries of the respective ministries.
The DoPT order also mentioned that the ministries will maintain record sheet of these officers to be forded to the state governments.
Officials said that this practice helps in enriching their perspective while also acquainting them with the functioning of the Union government.
Officials said that a special designation of Assistant Secretary has been given to them for the purpose.
As per rules, IAS officers are eligible to come on central deputation only after completing nine years service at their respective cadres.
The initiative of Central deputation of fresh batches of IAS officers was taken by the Modi government last year.
Last year, as many as 175 IAS officers of 2015 batch were given their first posting as Assistant Secretaries in different central government departments, excluding the PMO for three months.