The government on Monday promoted 130 joint secretaries, mostly from the 9th batch of Bangladesh Civil Service, to the rank of additional secretary.
All the newly promoted officers excepting two, posted in Bangladesh missions in the United Kingdom and the USA as commercial counsellor and economic minister respectively, were made officers on special duty at the public administration ministry, according to a gazette notification issued on the day.
With the promotion in civil bureaucracy, the number of additional secretaries rose to 562 against 120 sanctioned posts in the organogram, official statistics showed.
‘This promotion would not create any such problem this time as many officers would retire in a couple of months. Initially, some of the newly promoted officers might remain in the same post if necessary. But most of them would get new postings gradually,’ state minister for public administration ministry Ismat Ara Sadique told New Age.
Several officials said that most of the newly promoted officers would have to work in the same positions or to pass time at the public administration ministry as officers on special duty, who virtually have nothing to do as many additional secretaries were already serving below their rank, apparently for promotions in excess of sanctioned posts.
Earlier on April 23, the government promoted 267 civil service cadre officers to deputy secretary rank although there were no vacancies in the approved structure, raising the number of DSs to 1551 against 830 posts of DS in the organogram, said officials.
The promotions that time came nearly five months after the large-scale promotions to different levels given in November 2016 also beyond vacancies.
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