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Bihar may double civil services posts

Bihar has initiated a fresh move to double the cadre strength of the state administrative service to enable more field postings of officers.

education Updated: Oct 21, 2016 01:32 IST
Anirban Guha Roy
Bihar Administrative Service
Bihar has initiated a fresh move to double the cadre strength of the state administrative service to enable more field postings of officers. (Keshav Singh/HT file)

Bihar is planning to double the cadre strength of its administrative service to enable more field postings of officers, given an increasing workload for the bureaucracy.

There are chances of creating 850 posts, thus increasing the sanctioned cadre strength to 1,701. An empowered committee of the finance department is considering the proposal for additional posts in the Bihar Administrative Service (BAS), sources said.

Once cleared, the proposal would be put up to the cabinet for approval, they added.

The state had, five years ago, restructured the provincial civil services.

Of late, Bihar’s middle tier of bureaucracy is perceived to be short of officers in ranks from deputy secretary to additional secretary.

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The official machinery, though, denied moves to strengthen the BAS. Chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh said there was no move to restructure the cadre or increase posts in the state civil services. “There is no such proposal as of now,” he said, when HT reached him.

The government had earlier once mulled the option of increasing the strength of the civil-service officers.

In 2010, it designed the BAS to be the second tier of administration — after the IAS — by restructuring the cadre posts under which the entry-level BAS officers could become SDO or equivalent rank officers in the basic grade of Rs 8000-Rs 13,500.

Currently, the sanctioned cadre strength in basic grade is 273, while there are 176 posts in the deputy secretary or equivalent ranks, 159 in ADM or equivalent and 131 posts in the joint secretary rank. The others are 48 additional secretary or equivalent, 24 special secretary and 40 training (probation) ranks.

A third tier of the bureaucracy was created with a separate cadre of block development officer and circle officers under the rural development and revenue department, exempting the BAS officers from getting posted in the field to head blocks and circles.

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Bihar Administrative Service Association general secretary Sushil Kumar termed the proposal a welcome step, saying it will open new promotional avenue for officers.

“Once the panel clears the proposal, we will get a clear picture as to how many posts would be created,” he said.