GUWAHATI: The State administration has a shortage of 221 ACS (Assam Civil Service) officials despite the very recent recruitment of 135 personnel. Moreover, there is no possibility of any new recruitment taking place in the cadre during the remaining part of 2021. This is because the APSC (Assam Public Service Commission) is yet to conduct even the preliminary examination to recruit more such officials. It takes almost a year to complete the selection and recruitment processes of personnel into the ACS as well as the 'Assam Land & Revenue Services' (ALRS).
Personnel Department sources informed The Sentinel on Thursday that of the 1,100 sanctioned ACS posts, only 879 officials are in service as on date. However, the situation is likely to worsen in the days ahead what with five to six senior ACS officials (on the average) retiring from service every month.
Meanwhile, most of the 135 newly inducted ACS officials have joined as 'Assistant Commissioners' (ACs) at sub-divisional and district levels. The 55 newly recruited ALRS officials have been also posted as Circle Officers (attached).
Owing to the forthcoming Assembly elections and the urgent requirement of officials in the field, they were provided the 'Induction Training' for just two weeks. Under normal circumstances, such trainings are spread over several weeks. They will be provided the remaining part of the training only after the election process concludes in the State.