GUWAHATI, July 10: The Assam Government has increased its Assam Civil Service (ACS) cadre strength up to 1,050 from the existing 958. The sole aim of such a move is to make the public service delivery system in the State smooth sailing.
It has come to the notice of the three-party coalition government led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal that the administration in the State has not been smooth at all at the grassroots level. The lack of adequate number of administrative officers at the ground level is one of the reasons behind the public service delivery system in the State suffering setbacks. This has made the State government add 92 more ACS cadres to the existing cadre strength of 958, to make the force a vibrant one.
Dispur has taken this move at a time when the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) has already sought applications for the filling up of 43 ACS cadre posts through the combined competitive examinations (CCE), 2018. The APSC has already completed the process of receiving applications for the 43 posts. However, with this increase in ACS cadre strength, the APSC is now going to select 135 (43+92) candidates through the ongoing selection process.
To date Assam has 747 ACS officers.
Such a move came close on the heels of the former Congress government in the State creating the Assam Land and Revenue Service cadres. The objective of the creation of such cadres was to give the burdened ACS officers a respite from revenue related works. This decision is being carried forward by the present coalition government in the State. Already 59 revenue service officers have been recruited all over the State.