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Major Change in Designations of Staff Members as Clerks era Came to an End

Dec 24, 2015 12:08 IST

    In one of the historical decisions taken by the higher authorities, the designations like Lower Division Clerk and Upper Division Clerks in various government offices would not remain the same from now onwards. The employee hierarchy would be replaced by new nomenclature.

    According to the order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) it said that the posts of UDC and LDC under the Central Secretariat Clerical Services (CSCS) would be changed to Senior Secretariat Assistant and Junior Secretariat Assistants respectively. Those people, who worked under Central Secretariat Service (CSS) as Assistants, would be named as Assistant Section Officer, under the new designation rules. Both CSS and CSCS are immensely important in forming the backbone of administrative work in the central government and they have 11467 and 5933 sanctioned strength respectively.

    The class categorization for undermining seniority of its employees the DoPT had earlier decided to replace it with alphabetical groupings. Instead of classes I,II,III and IV system, which is prevailed in service rules, the posts under central government would be denoted as groups A, B, C and D. Due to the class categorization, the class III (Group C) candidates had complained that they are being subjected to insult are being mocked by “third class” employees by many. Along with this the class system had further issues. The class I classification was set for gazette officers while the class II was for the non-gazetted officers. But there are quite a lot of gazette officers, who were in class II as well, creating a situation of ambiguity in the work place.

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