Lucknow: To the discomfiture of promoted Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers of Uttar Pradesh , the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued strict guidelines to attend Induction Training Programme (ITP) or else they would be reverted.
The fresh guidelines have come as a jolt to about 22 District magistrates in UP who were promoted to IAS from the state services and posted in the districts. All was fine till DoPT made 45-days ITP compulsory. The DoPT clearly said if they skipped the induction training, they would be liable to be reverted to state services.
Only two of the DMs from the current lot -Rakesh Kumar Singh in Rampur and Anita Srivastava in Deoria- have attended ITP while others managed to give it a slip on one pretext or another.
The new batch of promoted officers is scheduled to proceed for ITP on March 28 and it has been not a happy situation for most of them. In fact, even 4-5 years after their promotion, most of the officers had avoided it while enjoying their stint in the districts or even other cosy posts. It has prompted DoPT to be strict in this regard.
Ironically, some of the officers had even retired without going through ITP, not a welcome thing for the DoPT.
The Principal Secretary, Appointment Kishan Singh Atoria said the ITP was made compulsory and the directives of DoPT would be final in this case. More importantly, the batch of the promoted officers who had just returned from ITP may be given charge as DMs in case the present incumbents are sent.