Shortage of civil servants in the Maharashtra revealed by RTI
As per a reply provided to an applicant who filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the government of Maharashtra has informed that there is a shortage of 53 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers in the state. It has been informed that the sanctioned strength of IAS officers for the state of Maharashtra was 350, while there were only 297 officials available in the state. This implies a shortage of over 15 % of the sanctioned strength. The reply added that in the fire in June 2012 at the Mantralaya, all relevant records relating to IAS officers had been destroyed and the reply is based on information stored and available in a pendrive.
As per the information provided, there are 74 officials from the state cadre who have been promoted as IAS while 12 others from non-state services were also selected for the IAS cadre.
There has been a spate of resignations in not only the IAS cadre, but also other services which has raised eyebrows about the working conditions and incentives for the civil servants in the country.