Delays in appointments – UPSC GS2

Delays in the appointment of personnel to important posts affect governance
  • The vacancies in the Central government and the States in recent years have had a deleterious effect on governance.
  • The post of the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission was kept vacant until June this year. Even though the previous Chairman, retired in December 2020.
  • Similarly, the post of the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) too was kept vacant until the recent appointment of Subodh Kumar Jaiswal. The post had been vacant since February.
  • The National Council of Educational Research and Training, which is largely responsible for planning the education policy of the country, is headless.
  • Of the 40 Central universities across the country, nearly half are without regular Vice-Chancellors.
  • Apart from vacancies, there are many examples of officers holding additional charge. For instance, Rakesh Asthana after his appointment as Director-General (DG) of the Border Security Force in August, continues to hold a charge of the NCB as DG. He assumed additional charge of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) from December 2019.
  • Similarly, Kuldeep Singh, DG of the Central Reserve Police Force, now also heads the National Investigation Agency.
  • Delays in promotions and appointments not only affect the organisations but also tend to demoralise the officials who await promotions after vacancies arise.

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