Thursday, August 25, 2016

10 things to know about Jacob panel studying cadre structure, recruitment and career stagnation of Group "A" officers

THE Central government last week constituted a task force under the chairmanship of T Jacob, additional secretary serving in the department of personnel and training (DoPT) to look into various aspects of cadre structure of Group “A” services. In the backdrop of increasing complaints of stagnation in career from various services, particularly at senior levels, it’s expected that the task force’s recommendations will mitigate stagnation in future. Here are 10 things on the newly-set up task force:

1. The task force has been constituted under the chairmanship of DoPT additional secretary T Jacob, a 1984 batch Tamil Nadu cadre IAS.
2. It was constituted on August 16, 2016 in accordance with the direction of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, the panel being headed by the Prime Minister.
3. Jacob is an engineered-turned IAS originally belonging to Kerala. 
4. The task force is mandated to comprehensively study cadre structures of all organized Group “A” services in Government of India.
5. The task force will recommend an ideal structure specially at Apex (secretary level), HAG plus, HAG and SAG level.
6. It will study ideal recruitment in organized Group “A” services.
7. The panel will suggest the percentage of various reserves in organized Group “A” services. 
8. It will suggest the way forward to mitigate the stagnation level.
9. The task force will have to submit the report to the DoPT within three months from the date of this order (Aug 22, 2016).
10. All cadre controlling authorities of organized Group “A” services are requested to provide their inputs and views within 15 days. The order has listed out the names of 34 joint secretaries, each being a nodal officer for one cadre controlling authority.

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