Cabinet approves Cadre Review of Indian Telecommunications Service, Group 'A'

| Updated: Dec 21, 2016 20:59 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec. 21 (ANI): The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Cadre Review of Indian Telecommunications Service, Group Á'. The proposal has the following salient features: (a) Creation of one Apex level post of Director General of Telecom. (b) The number of Duty posts has been fixed as 853. (c) A Deputation Reserve of 310 posts has been provided for deputation of ITS • officers to other Departments / organizations. (d) A special diminishing reserve has been provided for posting of ITS officers in BSNL/MTNL. (e) Cadre strength restricted to the present working strength of 1690. The approval would result in strengthening of the cadre structure both at the DoT headquarters and in the field units on the basis of functional requirement. It will also meet the requirement of skilled manpower in BSNL/MTNL. This will reduce the existing stagnation of ITS officers. Indian Telecom Service Group 'A" was constituted in 1965 to meet the policy, technical and managerial functions of the government in areas related to telecommunications. Selected through Engineering Services examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission, the officers of ITS are working in management and administrative positions in the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and its PSUs (BSNL, MTNL and TCIL), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Telecom Dispute Settlement Administrative Tribunal (TDSAT), and also in other Central Ministries/ Departments/ Autonomous Bodies and State governments on deputation. These facts coupled with the stagnation in various grades of the service necessitated a review of the structure of ITS. The Cadre Strength has been restricted to the present working strength of the cadre, and the cadre review would entail no fresh financial commitment for Government. (ANI)