The designations like Lower Division Clerk (LDC) and Upper Division Clerk (UDC) in central government will now be called Senior Secretariat Assistant and Junior Secretariat Assistant, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on Tuesday said.
Besides, the post of Assistant under Central Secretariat Service (CSS) has been renamed as Assistant Section Officer, it said. The posts of UDC and LDC come under Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS) and along with CSS form the backbone of administrative work in the central government.
The total sanctioned strength of CSS and CSCS is 11,467 and 5,933 respectively.
Earlier in March, the DoPT had decided to replace the ‘class’ categorisation for specifying the seniority of its employees with new alphabetical groupings.
So now the posts under the central government are denoted as groups A, B, C and D instead of classes I, II, III and IV in the service rules.
The Class-I classification is for gazetted officers while Class-II refers to mainly the non-gazetted officers, though there are some gazetted officers in this category too. Class-III comprises clerical staff and Class-IV (which is now subsumed in Class III or Group C) includes peons and helps or multi-tasking staff in the government hierarchy.