A three-month stint in Delhi would become a permanent fixture for trainee IAS officers with the Centre impressing upon the need for them to attend conferences and seminars of various ministries to be addressed by the prime minister.
IAS officers of the 2014 batch currently undergoing training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussourie (LBSNAA) will arrive in New Delhi for the 3-month stint on August 1 and will be posted as 'Assistant Secretaries' in various ministries.
Incidentally, it was the PM's idea of getting the trainee officers first to Delhi and not send them straightaway to their respective state cadres following which officers of 2013 batch did a three-month stint in Delhi for the first time last year.
PM had also chaired a session with the 2013 batch officers at the end of the training where some of them gave presentations on how to improve key schemes of the Modi government.
The Centre has got requests from LBSNAA for special sessions to be arranged for the 2014 batch officers in the first week of their training from the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change and Ministry of Disability Affairs - all areas which are close to the PM's heart.
The Centre has, meanwhile, informed all the state governments about the "continuance of the scheme" of posting the trainee IAS officers in Government of India as Assistant Secretaries on deputation basis for the 2014 Batch of IAS also and has sought their comments, if any, by March 31.