Government has released a list of 12 Indian Economic Service (IES) officers of 1993 batch who were empanelled as Government of India joint secretaries.
IES officers are government economists spreading across 55 Central government ministries or departments. The 12 new JS-empanelled IES officers include Arun Kumar, Santanu Mitra, Nilambuj Sharan, Gyan Bhushan, Mamta Shankar, Rajib Kumar Sen, Piyush Srivastava, Meenaxi Rawat, Md Nazmuddin, Shyam Singh Negi, Ram Karan and Nandita Mishra.
The IES was set up in 1961, mainly to institutionalize a core professional capacity within the government to “undertake economic analysis and render advice for designing and formulating development policies, strengthening delivery systems, and monitoring and evaluating the public programmes”, according to IES’ official site. But the role and importance of IES officers increased manifold only after 1991 economic liberalization, as the need for economic analysis in government ministries increased thereafter.
But the problem that the IES officers face today is somewhat similar to that of many other Group A services. They get the director's rank well on time, but need to wait for years to get the rank of a joint secretary. And most of the officers retire at this rank only.
According to the latest review of IES, as conducted in 2010 and approved in 2011, the sanctioned strength of the IES cadre is 511 comprising 471 duty posts and 40 leave reserves.