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24 February, 2020 00:00 00 AM

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400 bureaucrats set to get promotion despite lack of posts

SSB meeting begins today
DEEPAK ACHARJEE, Dhaka

The government is going to promote at least 400 bureaucrats as Joint Secretary and the Additional Secretary from the post of Deputy Secretary (DS) and the Joint Secretary within a month once again overburdening the already top-heavy civil bureaucracy. For promoting the bureaucrats, the ministry of public administration ministry has prepared two different lists, which are likely to be placed at the meeting of the Superior Selection Board (SSB), beginning today.

Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam will preside over the three-day long SSB meeting (February 24-26), with the members of the board present. The officials would be promoted on the basis of recommendations of the SSB. After completing the promotion, the authorities have a plan to promote to the post of Deputy Secretary from the post of Senior Assistant Secretary, mostly from the 27th batch of BCS cadre and the officials who were left out.

Sources in the ministry of public administration ministry said that the most of the officials of the 13th batch of the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) cadre, some officials from the 1982, 1984, 1985, and 1986 batches, and some from the ninth,

10th and 11th batches are likely to be promoted to the rank of additional secretary. At the same time, most of the officials of the 18th batch of the BCS cadre and the left out officials are likely to be promoted to the post of joint secretary, the sources added.

Talking to The Independent, an official of 18th batch BCS cadre said that they are working in the bureaucracy for last seven years in the same post of deputy secretary though they were eligible for promotion four years ago.

“Now, we are senior deputy secretaries though 20th batch BCS officials also working as DS in the civil administration,” he said.

“We need promotion, not posting. Because, there a number of officials posted as additional secretary, joint secretary and the deputy secretaries were working as supernumerary officials in different ministries and divisions last few years,” he added. Talking to The Independent, a member of the SSB said they would promote bureaucrats as a regular exercise and the civil administration would become more dynamic after the promotions.  “Promotion is the right of the officials and the authorities concerned are going to promote them to make the civil administration more effective to turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021,” he said.

At present, officials in different posts in the public administration ministry, such as additional secretary, joint secretary and deputy secretary, are surplus to requirements.

There are 521 additional secretaries in the civil administration ministry against 108 posts, 640 joint secretaries against 250 posts, and 1,693 deputy secretaries against 860 posts.

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