Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Officer X for Vacancy Y: Gujarat’s manpower management tool could be replicated across India

IN THE run-up to Lok Sabha elections, prime minister Narendra Modi often talked about the Gujarat Model and how some of the best practices of the state government could be replicated across India. Now, department of personnel and training (DoPT) that comes under the PM may push at least one of those. Last month, Gujarat government’s principal secretary in charge of general administration department pitched for a…
manpower planning mechanism practised by the state government that helps the administration to locate suitable officer against a particular vacancy. The officer gave a presentation in a meeting held by Union personnel secretary with the principal secretaries of general administration department of state cadres on September 9, 2014 in New Delhi's Civil Services Officers Institute.
What Gujarat government elaborated was a model called Human Resources Management System (HRMS) that can do a fair projection of vacancies and pre-feasibility examination. "The possibility of replicating the best principles of HRMS for manpower planning and human resources development by state governments and the Central Government was deliberated so that suitability of officers for various posts could be adjusted", says the minute of the meeting.
In the same meeting, at least four action points were agreed upon.

1. On promotion of state civil servants to IAS, it was decided  that the state governments of Rajasthan, Assam and Bihar would  have to pursue, through their respective law secretaries, so that the high court hear their pending court cases on priority to bring finality in the pending matters as subsequent select lists have been held up for want of decision from the concerned high courts in respect of these states.
2. While framing the 5-year or mid-term cadre review proposal, the following additional requirements will have to be incorporated by the state governments in their proposals, before sending the same to DoPT for consideration:
a) Number of cadre posts kept in abeyance;
b) Number of temporary posts created;
c) Number of ex-cadre posts being operated; and
d) The average tenure of cadre posts especially at the level of  collector/DM and the secretariat
The state governments would be invited for a presentation on their cadre review proposal before the competent authority and only after a mutual agreement on the agreed proposal, further processing of the case would be undertaken.
3. The state government must sponsor sufficient number of officers for central deputation at deputy secretary, director or joint secretary level so that the shortage of officers under the Central Staffing Scheme can be effectively tackled. Also, it will help empanelment of additional secretary level officers at a later stage. Moreover, states were requested to nominate officers for selection in CBI etc.
4. Regarding ‘Induction Training’ of promotion quota officers, the states may kindly send to DoPT specific note where confirmation of promoted officers is held-up for not doing the induction training so that a legal opinion can be obtained in the matter and the difficulty resolved at the earliest of the promoted officers.

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