THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : The demand for setting up a State Civil Service has been pending since 1968. The concept was to make all gazetted officers who have completed 8 years of service to appear for a test being conducted by the PSC for getting appointment as Deputy collectors. But somehow the plans failed to take off, recollects former Chief Secretary C P Nair.
He said that direct recruitment with the formation of Kerala Administrative Service, will infuse new blood with vibrancy and potential to serve the state with a sense of justice and an inclinationtowards values. ‘’As of now, when one gets promoted to the Deputy Collector’s post he or she will be on the brink of retirement. They cannot effect any change in the administration at that age’’ he points out. He opines that KAS would give a level- playing field to everyone compared to the present state of giving 80 percent of promotion posts to the Revenue service alone. As per the report approved by the Cabinet, those who are one level above the first gazetted post in 18 government departments will be made equivalent to the Deputy Collectors. They will then have to pass an examination conducted by the state PSC, to be recruited in KAS. However, Secretariat service has been excluded from KAS. Speaking to ‘Express’, former Additional Chief Secretary D Babu Paul said the Secretariat service should also have been included.
Referring to the opposition from the Secretariat employees, Babu Paul said they should not have taken such a stand.