Himachal Administrative Services (HAS) officers have rejected the central government's proposal to conduct special examination to induct them into Indian Administrative Services.
The Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service Officer's Association has urged chief minister Virbhadra Singh to denounce the new system.
The HAS officers, having eight years in service or who have attained 54 years of age, will be eligible to appear in the examination. Currently, there are 178 state-cadre officers, out of which 110 are eligible to appear in special examination being proposed by the Centre.
According to the proposal, in the 30-mark examination, the written test will be of 30 marks, while interview will carry 15 marks. In the new system being drawn by the UPSC, the officers appearing for IAS examination will have to update their knowledge on the current affairs.
The special examination will have a different section on current affairs. Paper on current affairs will carry 30 marks. The annual confidential reports of the officers appearing in the examination will carry 25 marks.
"The association has rejected the scheme as it is detrimental to interests of the state civil services. This scheme will not only create anomalies, but will also demoralise one of the best performing services in the state," said the association in a memorandum submitted to the chief minister.
The association has asked the chief minister to denounce the new scheme. "As the scheme is sketchy, vague and drafted casually, we requested the chief minister to take a lead in denouncing the scheme which will harm a majority of officers in the state," association's general secretary Dhuni Chand Rana said.
The association observed that the proposed scheme clubs state civil service with other Group-A services in the state for induction into IAS after eight years of service.
"As induction by the selection process into the All-India Service has been proposed only for state civil services, state police services and state forest services without making similar provision for career advancement within IAS, IPS and IFS shows selective bias," said the association.
The association further opined that the new scheme would be counterproductive as it would give a chance to junior colleagues jump the queue, much to the chagrin of senior HAS officers.
The HAS officers maintained that the new scheme will also result in reducing the quota. The association is in touch with other state service associations and many other states are also in the process of rejecting this scheme.
The association asked the chief minister to reject the scheme on the analogy of Tamil Nadu. The state cadre officers rue that the Centre's department of personnel did not take or seek suggestions from the state government.