Eight IAS, IPS officers promoted to SPC, DGP ranks in AP

Andhra Government today promoted eight IAS officers and same number of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers were promoted to the rank of Special Chief Secretary and Director General of Police respectively.

Last Updated: May 18, 2010, 19:16 PM IST

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Government today
promoted eight Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers
and same number of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers were
promoted to the rank of Special Chief Secretary and Director
General of Police respectively.

The IAS officers who got promotion belong to the 1977
batch while IPS officers are from the batches of 1975, 76 and
77.

Consequent to the promotions, the state Chief Minister
will now have a Special Chief Secretary as the head of his
secretariat, for the first time in history. Jannat Husain of
1977 batch, the Special Chief Secretary to Chief Minister,
will, however, retire on December 31 this year.

The state will now have as many as 16 IAS officers in the
Special Chief Secretary rank as against the five sanctioned
`cadre` posts and five ex-cadre posts. Five of the 16 officers
will retire by the end of this year, leaving 11 Special Chief
Secretaries, according to a top official in the General
Administration Department.

"In effect we will be having only one extra Special Chief
Secretary," the official said.

The number of DGP rank IPS officers has also gone up to
13 with the promotion of eight officers today. The sanctioned
cadre posts of DGP for the state are only two apart from two
ex-cadre posts. The state government recently created an extra
ex-cadre post of DGP taking the total strength to five. But
with the latest promotions, the number has gone up to 13.

"We expect to get at least four more DGP posts for the
state sanctioned in the cadre revision in a month or two. So
there should not be any problem in respect of IPS ex-cadre
posts," the GAD official pointed out.

Two of these officers, Balwinder Singh and M V Krishna
Rao, are currently on deputation to Government of India while
four will retire by October this year. Marimuthu Alagar, a
1977 batch officer, who too has been promoted to the DG rank
today, will retire by the end of this month.

IAS officer Mohammed Shaffiquzzaman of 1977 batch, who
has been fighting many cases in the Central Administrative
Tribunal as well as High Court against the state government
over the "indiscriminate creation" of ex-cadre posts in
bureaucracy, has also been elevated to the rank of Special
Chief Secretary.

Chief Secretary S V Prasad (1975 batch), whose elevation
to the post in December last itself has now been challenged in
High Court, said in an order that six Special Chief Secretary
posts are being created on a temporary basis for a period of
two years "or till the need of the post ceases."

Also, six DGP posts have been created on temporary basis
for a period of one year, the Chief Secretary said.

PTI