Two bureaucrats from Finance Dept on central deputation; Kerala in crisis
Thiruvananthapuram: Two more senior IAS officers serving in the finance department of the state have been sent on central deputation. Additional Chief Secretary of finance department Manoj Joshi and Principal Secretary Finance (Resources) Sanjeev Kaushik are leaving Kerala on deputation.
Manoj Joshi is appointed as additional secretary in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries and Sanjeev Kaushik in the Directorate of Financial Service. Both are going on deputation when the state is going through a financial crisis.
Manoj Joshi is a Kerala cadre IAS officer of 1989 batch and is the additional chief secretary with the rank of chief secretary. He has been the head of the department since 2016 when Thomas Isaac assumed office as finance minister. He is appointed as additional secretary by promoting the post of joint secretary in the ministry. Sanjeev Kaushik is a 1992 batch IAS officer and is appointed in the union ministry along with promotion.
Impact on Kerala
- Shortage of IAS officers who are capable of serving in important positions which will lead to administrative crisis.
- New secretaries should be appointed to replace the officials who are going on deputation. Many secretaries are already serving in 5-6 positions. Finding new officers will be a fresh challenge.
- More troubles will occur when newly appointed officers are made to head the finance department during a crisis period. As they will take time to learn the system, file movement will slow down.
231 required, 151 available
A total of 231 IAS officers are required in the Kerala cadre whereas there are only 151 officers working here presently. It is because there are no adequate number of officers in the state service to be conferred with IAS.
22 officers on central deputation
According to the statistics till September, 20 IAS officers in Kerala cadre are on central deputation. With the deputation of two more officers, the number rose to 22. Among those who obtain IAS, 40 percent are eligible for central deputation. Upto 50 officers from Kerala are eligible. If more officers apply for deputation, they are also likely to be considered for deputation.