A series of queries by the Centre’s department of personnel and training (DoPT) on the unusually fast pace of promotions for IAS officers in MP in the past year has stalled promotions for batches that were expecting elevation this year. With this, there have been no IAS promotions in 2015.
Sources said that after a series of complaints were made to the DoPT about the 1991 batch being promoted to the principal secretary rank (PS) last year in violation of the laid norms that require 25 years of service necessary for promotion to the rank, the DoPT denied permission for promotion of the 1992 batch to the rank this year.
The DoPT also sought to know the reason for 14 officers of the additional chief secretary functioning on the rank as against the 12 sanctioned posts for a considerable period of time. In 2014, the 1991 batch was promoted to PS rank even though it had completed only 23 years as against the mandatory 25.
The promotions are now expected to take place after April.
"Two ACS rank officers would retire in April after which promotions would be made from principal secretary to ACS rank. This would also create vacancy at the PS level for promotion of officers of secretary rank to PS rank," said an official at the mantralaya.
The MP government is also keen to promote entire batches in one go and not promote individual officers as per vacancy, except while promoting officers from PS to ACS rank. This too adds to delay.
The pace of promotions in other all India services, namely the Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) is much worse than the IAS. While in the IPS, promotions were quick in the previous year, the IFS has been awaiting promotions for a long time.