14 February 2006 ~ 0 Comments

What’s wrong with 1975?

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What’s wrong with 1975? The recent promotions of 33 from the 1975 batch IAS officers to the ranks of additional secretary has created a quite a stir among their peers. The widespread frustration among the babus, who missed out could be gauged from the fact that as many as 199 officers were waiting to enter the list prepared by Committee of Secretaries (COS) headed by Cabinet secretary B K Chaturvedi. The aggrieved babus claim that the Committee has been rather unfair to the 1975 batch. It has selected a disproportionately low number from the batch. They cite that much higher numbers like 54, 53 and 48 were shortlisted from the 1972, 1973 and 1974 batch respectively. The babus allege that the shortlisting has been done in a blatantly partisan manner. Committee members have ensured the selection of more number of officers from their parent cadre, which in effect has affected the chances of officers from other cadres. In fact the list does not contain any name from the states of Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan and Manipur. Then playing favourite is an old babu game, which all babus love playing, but complain only when they are at the receiving end.

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