A major bureaucratic reform is in the offing. Government has proposed that IAS officers with 30 years in service should be eligible for empanelment as a Union Secretary. Likewise, an IPS officer with 30 years service can become a DG in central police forces.
Currently, it takes 33-34 years for an officer to reach the top. IAS officers of the 1984 batch were empanelled as Secretaries last week, after 33 years in service. “At this someone who has even entered service at an age of 25, barely gets 2 years at the top,” a source in department of personnel and training told Newsd.
Bureaucracy watchers say the move will allow government access a much bigger pool of officers for important roles. Earlier this year, power corridors were abuzz that government wanted to appoint Rakesh Ashtana, a 1984 batch IPS officer from Gujarat as Director of CBI. But Ashtana was not empanelled in the DG grade at that time.