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In two short-term programmes in Harvard called, “Leaders in Development: Managing Political and Economic Change”, and “Innovation in Economic Development”, all twelve officers selected for training in 2014 belonged to IAS. In another short-term programme, to be held at UK’s Cambridge University in September, out of 25 selected officers, 22 belong to IAS, two Indian Information Service officers and one Indian Economic Service officer. “The top universities like Harvard, Cambridge and London School of Economics are the exclusive privilege of IAS,” writes Prasant (Full Story). “Almost all the slots for training programmes in the USA and Europe are allotted to IAS officers. Only some slots for training programmes in Asian countries are given to non-IAS officers. Even the slots for specialized training programmes such as “Tax Analysis and Revenue Forecasting – Duke, USA” are filled mostly by IAS officers,” he adds.
The officer has further argued that the DFFT scheme prevalent for the last 13 years, has been designed to give IAS officers an upper hand. For example, Group ‘A’ central civil service officers can apply for the programme only when they are on deputation under the Central Staffing Scheme. But IAS, and now even IPS and IFS after a recent circular, can apply anytime. Similarly, minimum years of services needed to qualify for the scheme vary from service to service. For both short-term and long-term programmes, the minimum number of years of services is 9 years for non-IAS officers whereas for IAS, it’s seven years for long-term service programmes. Further, many non-IAS officers who get empanelled as joint secretaries years after their IAS colleagues get, don’t find themselves eligible for applying in some of those programmes because of the upper age criteria. Further, the board that selects officers for foreign training is always dominated by senior IAS officers.
“Is the IAS a twice born service and the IAS officers dvijas? Are all the non-IAS officers belong to the lower varna of the Civil Services society? This minimum service qualification promotes the ancient varna system in the Civil Services society…There is an urgent need to amend the DFFT Scheme Rules to end this apartheid being followed by the IAS lobby,” Prasant writes.