On February 1, the Cabinet secretary is said to hold a meeting to consider a cadre review proposal for Indian Telecom Services (ITS) officers. Indianmandarins has learnt that the meeting may approve a proposal for creation of as many as 75 posts of JS and 12 of AS.
Even though it may be against the grain of the government and contrary to the recommendation of the sixth as well as the seventh central pay commission, ITS officers are said to have made a strong case for cadre review to cope with emerging challenges. Earlier, the government has also ignored a Delhi High Court order that has implicitly supported the elimination of ITS. The order, which was part of a 2014 judgment, stated that ITS officers posted in BSNL/ MTNL who wanted to revert to the Dept of Telecom be deployed through surplus cell as per Government rule.