Process of Empanelment Before Appointment
Empanelment is a pre-requisite for appointment to the Central Staffing Scheme posts of Joint Secretary, Additional Secretary and Secretary in the Central Government. Empanelment is not required for appointment to the post of Under Secretary at the Centre. The process of empanelment is transparent. However, since empanelment is not a promotion, no Departmental Promotion Committee is required to be set up.
The guidelines in regard to the empanelment have been placed on the DOPT’s website www.persmin.gov.in (under OM & Orders>Establishment Officer> Circulars relating to Empanelment). The empanelment process involves assessment of ACR dossiers by Experts Panels comprising retired Secretary level officers, which have been constituted with the approval of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet(ACC). After assessment by the Experts Panel, all relevant records are placed before the Civil Services Board (CSB)/Screening Committee of Secretaries (SCOS).
Keeping in view the grading of the officer, consideration norms applicable for empanelment under the orders of the ACC, such as the general reputation of the officer, the types of assignment handled, the variety of experience exposed to and vigilance status, the CSB/SCOS makes recommendation regarding empanelment to the ACC. Once the ACC approves empanelment, approval is conveyed to the Cadre Controlling Authority and also uploaded on the Department’s website.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, MoS (PPG&P) gave this information in Rajya Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Shri Ramchandra Prasad Singh.