After virtually being a career magnet, the awe-inspiring Indian Administrative Service (IAS) could be falling to the law of diminishing returns.
IAS officials are now quitting the drab sarkari environs for a smart corporate life. The latest to join the list is high-profile additional secretary in the tourism ministry, Rajiv Talwar.
Talwar, a UT cadre official of the 1978 batch, will join realty major DLF in Delhi and is expected to head the company's hospitality division.
Before joining the Centre about two years ago, Talwar had served various posts in the Delhi government, including principal secretary, transport, and managing director of Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation.
Talwar confirmed the move to resign to join DLF to the HT.
“I will be able to answer your detailed queries later,” he said, when asked about whether he has already resigned or not.
Talwar will have in company a former senior colleague from the UT cadre: S.P. Aggarwal, who retired last year.
Not willing to take an assignment from Delhi government, the former municipal commission opted for the corporate world.
Money and quick career growths are some of the incentives. Red-tape in the Indian bureaucracy makes the service professionally unattractive, sources said. Most bureaucrats who have joined the corporate sector get to two to three times their salary in the private sector.
Talwar says it is not than just money. “Jobs in the private sector is as challenging as in the government. It’s no more like earlier days when challenging jobs were only in the government sector,” he said.
Many in the civil service may not agree but 23 top and middle level officials in the Maharashtra government called it quits. They have joined Mukesh Ambani’s Rs 10,000 crore mega SEZ project in the last one year.
They include A. Rama Krishnan, principal secretary food and civil supply, Vasant Raut, former officer on special duty to CM Vilasrao Deshmukh and Bhujangrao Mohte, former commissioner of Crime Branch.
Samba Shiv Rao, an Andhra Pradesh cadre IAS official, resigned to join a company in his home state.
Sanjay Gupta, an IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, quit to join as CEO of Infrastructure, Adani Group last year.