A parliamentary panel has expressed serious concerns over the vacancies in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The panel said that the shortage of IAS officers has reached alarming levels and the vacancies will need decades to fill. These facts were presented in a report prepared by the Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, and Law and Justice. The report says that most of the important posts under the Central and State governments were being held by IAS officers, and the shortage of IAS officers is affecting governance in the country. The report further states that the vacancies were 1,470, as on January 1, 2016. The shortage of IAS officers is really troubling, as IAS is considered as the backbone of governance in the country.
The panel said, “The Committee expresses its serious concern over persistent shortage of IAS officers and strongly recommends that all efforts be made to fill these vacancies. On a perusal of Annual Report 2016-17 of the Ministry, the Committee observes that shortage of IAS officers in this country has been a perennial problem since 1951. But now the vacancy position has increased to an alarming level. With the present rate of recruitment it will require decades to fill the existing vacancies.”