GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat government today admitted in the Legislative Assembly that as many as 68 posts of IAS officers were lying vacant in the state.
Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, who holds the General Administration (GAD) portfolio (GAD), among others, gave this information in her written reply to a question raised by Congress MLA Ashwin Kotwal.
Kotwal, through her written query during Question Hour in the Assembly, had sought to know the number of vacant IAS posts. In her response to a sub-question about steps taken by the government in the last one year to fill up such posts, the Chief Minister said that the power to recruit IAS officers lies with the Union Government's Department of Personnel and Training as well as with Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
Patel also added that on the basis of Gujarat government's proposal, the Centre had filled nine such posts through direct recruitment, while 12 officers were promoted as IAS in the state in the last one year.