Arunachal: Ninong Ering submits research report to Centre for separate AIS cadre

Arunachal MP Ninong Ering today met  Home Minister Rajnath Singh and  submitted the detailed research report on “Separate Cadre of All India Services” in Arunachal Pradesh.


New Delhi

Member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh Ninong Ering today met  Home Minister  Rajnath Singh and  submitted the detailed research report on “Separate Cadre of All India Services” in Arunachal Pradesh and requested him to take up the case on urgent basis.

The resolution on same has been passed earlier by Arunachal Pradesh assembly too. Even a Private Members bill on separate cadre was introduced in 2016.

Here are some recommendations of the research report

RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONCLUSION

Though the AGMUT cadre aimed at bringing Arunachal Pradesh’s administration more in line with other the Union Territories (UTs), it has outlived its purpose. The UTs being more homogeneous and smaller in area are far easier to administer, whereas Arunachal Pradesh – with its highly diverse culture and larger area – is clearly an outlier in AGMUT. The provisions and operations of AGMUT cadre have been detrimental to the state’s development.

Having a separate state cadre is the best possible way forward, as it will involve least political negotiations and easy implementation due to less number of associated stakeholders (compared to other possible solutions).A separate Cadre will ensure continuity in administration, remove adhocism in policies and mitigate the latent chaos in administration. It will also negate the perceived alienation, and help in better conflict resolution (by inclusion of more locals in the state’s machinery). More importantly, it will ensure that developmental initiatives percolate to the grass-root level by making the state peaceful and promoting community participation – a critical measure for a state facing infrastructural and connectivity issues, threats to security and a dynamic geopolitical scenario.

Granting Arunachal Pradesh a separate cadre will uphold the federal structure of Republic of India, thus giving the state complete autonomy in management of Services related affairs. While the benefits of the same are apparent, the new status must be granted with caution. The following suggestions are aimed towards mitigating hurdles in transitioning Arunachal Pradesh to an autonomous status:

  • Additional Recruitments to prevent shortages:Arunachal Pradesh currently faces severe shortage of officers in All India Services, which may increase further post separation. Though the recruitments in AIS cadres happens due to the vacancies generated at various administrative designations, a comprehensive policy to expand the state’s administrative capacity and inclusion of state service officers by easing the promotion norms will ensure that the shortfall is filled within a short time.
  • Capacity building of Personnel, Capacity building of Institutions:Most of the serving officers, due to their unfamiliarity with the state’s socio-cultural ethos, fail to make best administrative decisions regarding day-to-day matters. Moreover, limitations in the state’s administrative capacity inhibit the officers from being as professionally competent as officers of other cadres. In order to address this major issue, a capacity building institution needs to be set up which will impart regular training for better understanding and dealing of local issues and to improve professional competency of officers.
  • Additional Incentives for serving officers:Additional incentives need to be provided to the serving officers in order to make the service in state more lucrative for officers. Perks like allowing officers to retain their accommodations in the National Capital Region, sufficient allowances, more leave for higher studies, additional post-retirement benefits etc. can be suggested to incentivize officers.

The institutional limitations may hinder the state’s development for some period, but a diligent and persistent effort to alleviate the state’s concerns would help Arunachal Pradesh get mainstreamed into the country’s economy at a faster pace.

( provided by Mr Ninong Ering ) 

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