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IAS officers discuss issues related to service conditions with Dr. Jitendra Singh

A delegation of IAS officers representing Indian Civil and Administrative Service (Central) Association called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and discussed with him various issues related to “working conditions” in the Civil Services. They also submitted a written memorandum to the Minister.

Shri Sanjay Bhoosreddy, Honorary Secretary of the Association, placed before Dr. Jitendra Singh a number of suggestions aimed at improving the working conditions in the services and brought to his notice certain impediments which sometimes make it increasingly difficult to find IAS Officers ready to work at the Centre at the level of Deputy Secretary or Director. They also suggested that the service period required to be put in before going on deputation to the Centre may be reduced to 7 years from the present 9 years.

The memorandum submitted to Dr. Jitendra Singh pointed out the fact that, while in the State, the IAS Officers are provided with certain facilities which are not available when they are deputed to the Centre. In this context, it was suggested that vehicles may be provided to all the Deputy Secretaries and Directors irrespective of their seniority when they are on deputation to the Central Secretariat.

The officers also demanded that when they are on deputation to the Centre, their children should be automatically given admission in the Sanskriti School, otherwise they feel discouraged to come to Delhi because of the possible disruption in the education of children.

The officers also requested for parity in pay scales and hoped that 7th Pay Commission will take due consideration of the existing anomalies.

Dr. Jitendra Singh gave a patient hearing and said, the Shri Narendra Modi Government is strongly in favour of providing a friendly work environment to the officers without any intimidation or harassment. He assured that he will direct the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) to carefully evaluate each and every suggestion made by the senior IAS Officers and prepare a note based on it.

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