Central government officials protest lack of promotions


Mid-to-senior civil servants in the Central Secretariat Service have not been promoted in the past six years

Mid-to-senior civil servants in the Central Secretariat Service have not been promoted in the past six years

Central government officials wore black clothes, staged marches and refused to work overtime on Friday as the Union government failed to grant them timely promotions. Mid-to-senior civil servants who make up the Central Secretariat Service (CSS) have not been promoted for the past six years, forcing many of them to retire without improved financial benefits. The lack of promotions has created huge vacancies at CSS, resulting in an increased workload, an official said.

After repeated appeals to the government fell on deaf ears, hundreds of CSS officials showed up at the office Friday in black clothes in protest.

“All CSS managers are overworked. The government has launched more than 250 programs in the last six years and their implementation depends on us. In protest, we decided not to work past 5:30 p.m. We will work strictly according to the manual,” said a CSS official who participated in the protest.

Movement of “non-cooperation”

The “non-cooperation” movement has been seen in various central government offices – Udyog Bhavan, North Block, Nirman Bhavan, Shastri Bhavan, the CGO complex and the Ministry of Defence, among others.

The CSS Forum, an umbrella association of officers, said in a statement that members met with Minister of Personnel Jitendra Singh on February 8 and were assured that all matters related to the service, including timely promotions, would soon be resolved. “However, to date, even after three months, not even a single case has been resolved, hence this non-cooperation move.”

Occasional promotions

The forum demanded that for the benefit of employees retiring on May 31, the Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT), the relevant ministry, issue “ad hoc promotions” and that the regular promotion process be simultaneously accelerated.

CSS officials play a key role in government functions such as drafting policy documents and other ordinances. There are more than 6,300 positions at the grade of Head of Section, Under-Secretary, Under-Secretary, Director and Joint-Secretaries from the CSS pool. Of this total number, no less than 1,960 posts are vacant because civil servants have not been promoted for the past six years and many have retired without being promoted.

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