15 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Governance deficit

Governance deficit The government has clarified that it does not propose to lower the age limit for general IAS-IPS aspirants from 32 years to 27 years, as suggested by Niti Aayog. It had also said that recruits should be placed in a central talent pool, which would then allocate candidates by matching their competencies and the job description of the post. Earlier, at least three committees had recommended reducing the entry age for the civil service as a “much-needed” reform. But the government believes accepting the recommendation would come with a heavy political price, which it is loath to pay. The clarification should come as a relief to aspirants who start preparing late and want to join the bureaucracy. Yet, while clearing the air on recruiting civil service officers, the government has no answer to meeting the shortfall of more than 2,400 vacancies in the IAS and IPS cadres. the situation in the IPS is getting worse as the number of IPS officers in total has seen a dip compared to last year. However, the number of IAS officers have increased marginally. According to the official data compiled by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, in 2017 there was a shortage of 908 IPS officers which has increased and reached 970 till January 2018. Concerns have already been raised by a Parliamentary standing committee, who expressed serious concerns over the persistent shortage of officers.

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