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POST TIME: 20 May, 2019 09:29:53 PM
Promotion bonanza for bureaucrats before Eid
DEEPAK ACHARJEE, Dhaka

Promotion bonanza for bureaucrats before Eid

The government has started the process of promoting at least 500 bureaucrats of joint secretary and deputy secretary ranks to the posts of additional secretary and joint secretary as part of strengthening the activities of the civil administration, sources in the public administration ministry have said.

For recommending promotions, members of the Superior Selection Board (SSB) held a meeting, with cabinet secretary in the chair, on Thursday. At the meeting, the SSB members discussed promoting at least 200 officials from among 17th and 18th batches of the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) cadres to the post of joint secretary, the sources added.

The SSB members also discussed promoting some left out officials of the 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, ninth and 10th batches of the BCS cadres to the rank of joint secretary. These officials had been deprived of promotion for various reasons, according to the sources.

The sources informed that the SSB members will meet again this week to recommend promotion of at least 300 officials to the rank of additional secretary.

The officials of the 11th batch of the BCS cadre and some left out officials are likely to be promoted to the rank of the additional secretary before Eid-ul-Fitr.

After promoting officials to higher posts before Eid, officials of the 27th batch of BCS cadres and some left out officials are likely to be promoted to the rank of deputy secretary.

Talking to The Independent, a member of the SSB said they will promote bureaucrats as a regular task and the civil administration would be more dynamic after the promotions in three tiers of the bureaucracy. “It would be the first promotion initiative of the Awami League after coming to power in January this year. Our aim is to make the civil administration more effective to turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021,” he added.

Sources said at least 388 officials from the 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1986 batches of BCS cadres will go on retirement by 2020. Of them, at least 206 officials—13 from the 1982 batch, 70 from 1984, 95 from 1985 and 28 from the 1986 batch—will retire this year.

A number of posts will become vacant after their retirement and that is why at least 550 officials would be promoted. At present, officials in different posts in the public administration ministry, such as the additional secretary, joint secretary and deputy

secretary are surplus. At present, there are 507 additional secretaries in the civil administration ministry against 108 posts, 732 joint secretaries against  250 posts and 1,834 deputy secretaries against 860 posts.