What are the duties of an IAS officer?
List of general duties:
- To help with the concerned ministry in policy making of his/her district or region.
- Overseeing implementation of the said policy.
- Supervision of the implementation of policies introduced by the union government. This may require an IAS officer to travel to places and to personally check whether everything is running as expected. He or she is then supposed to give their feedback to the ministry.
- Ensuring that the money that comes from the public is being put to good use. In case of any discrepancies they are answerable to the ministry.
- To manage the public fund in a proper manner and disperse it as and when needed.
- During natural disasters or in case of riots IAS officers have to maintain the peace and calm of the district, state or region. They are the single point of contact in case of any disturbance- natural or man-made.
- The position, duties and responsibilities change throughout the career of an IAS officer.
Role specific duties:
Sub-Divisional Level: IAS officers posted at sub-divisional level are given the post of sub-divisional magistrate. This is usually in the beginning of their career. They need to maintain law and order. Looking after the general development and take care of administrative affairs under their jurisdiction is also their duty.
District Level: The next phase in an IAS officer’s life is becoming the District Magistrate or District Collector or Deputy Commissioner. Their duties remain the same as the sub-divisional level. Implementation, supervision and overseeing the deployment of policies is their main role. They also need to take care of the administrative and development work.
State Level: Finally, IAS officers get the promotion to state level administration. They can either be posted as a bureaucrat in state secretariat. They can also become head of departments. At this time, their field knowledge comes into use.
Public Sector Undertakings: As an IAS officers, you may be posted at a high level administrative positions in government owned Public Sector Undertakings as well. The big PSUs are being run by IAS officers nowadays.
Central Level: This is the highest post that an IAS officer can have. They can either serve as Cabinet Secretary, Secretary, Additional Secretary, Joint Secretary, Director, Deputy Secretary or Under Secretary. Here, their main duty is to formulate policies and devise an implementation plan.
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