DMPQ-Critically evaluate the recent IAS/IPS Allocation Overhaul Proposal by PMO.

As per news reports, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is seeking a change in the way candidates are allocated services like IAS or IPS. The government is analyzing the possibility not only to change the way services like IAS or IPS are allocated, but also the way cadres are assigned.

If the new proposal is accepted, scoring high marks in the civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission will not be enough to get into IAS, IPS or IFS.

There are many problems with the new proposal :

  • If the Government tries to take the control and authority of selection and recruitment from the independent agency – UPSC – it can be interpreted as violation of the principles of Constitution (Article 311 – 315).
  • If the service and the cadre allocation are determined on the combined score of the civil services examination and the score or performance of the foundation course, it will dilute the role of UPSC by increasing the interference of the executive.
  • Service allocation after foundation course will have tremendous potential for misuse. There can be a lot of political pressure on the faculties, and academy directors to select bureaucracy loyal to the ruling government.
  • If the PMO’s latest proposal is accepted, it will theoretically be possible for a candidate whose rank in the UPSC civil services examination can get him only into, say, the Indian Defence Accounts Service, to climb up to the coveted Indian Administrative Service on the basis of how well he does his foundation course.
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