NEW DELHI: In order to equip the IAS officers with the necessary skills to meet the requirements of the changing governance landscape, the Centre has decided to revamp cadre-training modules and sought a feedback from the officers before finalising a policy paper.
According to the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, the existing mid-career training of five weeks (for officers aged 26-28 years) is proposed to be made also applicable for the officers in the 24-26 age bracket.
The government also proposes to send young officers on fully funded foreign programmes for the effective utilisation of experience.
At present many officers don’t participate in any of these training programmes due to their non-mandatory nature. “Further, the cadre authorities and state governments do not release the officers due to the non-mandatory nature and also as there are no attendant consequences for not undergoing the training,” said a draft prepared by the ministry.
In order to effectively utilise the services of the officers undergoing long-term or short-term programmes, the age and service eligibility are also to be rationalised.