Patna: Bihar Administrative Services Association(BASA) has maintained that despite the directive of CM Nitish Kumar issued two years ago, senior officials concerned of the related departments have not yet amicably resolved the association’s grievances regarding promotion of the BAS officials belonging to basic grade.
Consequently, in a letter addressed to the CM on Friday, BASA general secretary Sushil Kumar has drawn his attention to the problem, pointing out at the same time that BASA representatives had held several rounds of meetings with his principal secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and general administration department principal secretary.
As a matter of fact, BASA representatives have held two rounds of meetings with chief secretary A K Sinha on April 15 last year and on January 2 this year. The BASA general secretary has urged the CM for early resolution of the grievances of the association. The letter notes that only the CM is in a position to sort out the matter, as has been mandated by Article 6 of the rules governing the reorganization of cadres.
As per these rules, promotion of a BASA official from the basic grade to deputy secretary, from deputy secretary to additional collector and from additional collector to joint secretary becomes due after five years of service at a particular post, as well as from joint secretary to additional secretary after two years, and from additional secretary to special secretary after one year.
Implicitly, a BASA official in the basic grade would be entitled to promotion to special secretary after 18 years. The BASA general secretary has informed the CM that the present strength of the basic grade officials in the state is 811 against 313 sanctioned posts, since the BASA officials concerned in the basic grade have not been given promotion, even as they have rendered service for 13 to 21 years.