New Delhi, May 21: The Narendra Modi led central government is considering a major change in the allocation of services to successful candidates of the prestigious civil services examination.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has directed all the department concerned to examine if the services can be allocated after the completion of the foundation course, news agency PTI reported citing an official communiqué.
“The departments have been asked to give their feedback on the proposal to allocate other central services like the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and Indian Telecommunications Service (ITS) among others,” news agency PTI quoted a Personnel Ministry official as saying.
Reacting to this, Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said in a tweet ” Government plans to allocate cadre based on performance in foundation course rather than UPSC rank is unacceptable It is against the interest of hardworking applicants, adding it will ruin chances of those from OBC, Dalit and Adivasi background”.
Another attempt to dilute the concept of reservation? he asked.
Govt plans to allocate cadre based on performance in foundation course rather than UPSC rank is unacceptable
It is against interest of hardworking applicants & will ruin chances of those from OBC, Dalit & Adivasi background
Another attempt to dilute concept of reservation?
— Ahmed Patel (@ahmedpatel) May 21, 2018
The duration of foundation course for officers of almost all the services is 3-months.
Presently, service allocation to the candidates selected on the basis of civil services examination, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), is made well before the beginning of the foundation course.
There are three all India services — Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS).
The examination is conducted in three stages — preliminary, main and face to face interview — to select officers for various central services.