IN THE last one month, two sets of officers — one from DANICS (Delhi Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service) and another from Central Secretariat Services — met MoS in PMO and personnel ministry Jitendra Singh to narrate their woes, demanding quick and sound solutions. For example, 2008 batch DANICS officers who have competed eight years of service are now eligible to be inducted into IAS, but the irony is: as senior as 1989 batch DANICS are yet to be…IAS officers. The officers expressed concern about acute stagnation in DANICS services which, they alleged, not only leads to financial loss but also denies the opportunity to grow in career, said a statement issued by the government after a delegation of DANICS Officers’ Association led by its president Vishvamohan and general secretary Balwan S Jaglan called on minister Singh last week. Many of the officers even retire without getting a chance to be IAS at all. As the delegation alleged, the worst-affected ones have always been the SC, ST officers because many of them joined the service late due to the age relaxation available to them.
DANICS officers are posted on crucial administrative assignments in union territory areas of Delhi, Daman, Diu, Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep. The members of the delegation further explained to the minister that they were performing their duties in “arduous and difficult situations, but feeling disillusioned because of delay in their career progression”.
DANICS officers are posted in different positions such as DM, ADM, SDM, special commissioner, special secretary, additional commissioner, additional secretary, deputy commissioner, deputy secretary etc.
Earlier this month, a delegation of the Central Secretariat Stenographers' Service (CSSS) Association, called on minister Singh, seeking his intervention for parity in pay fixation and related issues. According to the memorandum, while applying Rule 8 of CCS (RP) Rules 2008, the pay of direct recruits and new entrants is fixed at higher stage, when compared to the existing employees who were promoted in the same grade. This leads to “discrimination in the fixation of pay of Personal Assistants of one category vis-à-vis the other category”, a statement issued by the government said, quoting their allegation.