HC Deb 22 February 1926 vol 192 cc52-5W

Will the Government please lay on the Table a tabular statement showing how much Indianisation they have done in the various Departments this year after the introduction of the Lee Commission recommendations?


The recommendations in Chapter V of the Lee Report have in regard to Indianisation been generally accepted by His Majesty's Government, and though the rules under Section 96B of the Government of India Act, to give effect to them, have not yet been made, the percentages recommended are in fact being observed when recruitment is made. Since, however, a year's recruitment has not yet taken place it is not possible to show the effect of the recommendations in a tabular form.

I lay on the Table notes showing the position in regard to each Service.

Indian Civil Service.—The recommendations of the Lee Commission are being taken into account in making this year's recruitment to the Indian Civil Service.

Indian Police Service.—Steps have been taken to secure a 50:50 ratio of European and Indian recruits, beginning with recruitment for 1925.

Indian Forest Service.—In recruiting for this Service for the current year the ratio recommended by the Commission has been adopted and four Indians out of five recruits have been selected in India.

Indian Service of Engineers.—The recommendations of the Lee Commission are being taken into account in working this year's recruitment to the Indian Service of Engineers in Madras and Assam and in the Irrigation Branch in the other Provinces. Recruitment to the Indian Service of Engineers in the Buildings and Roads Branch in Provinces other than Madras and Assam has been suspended.

Indian Agricultural ServiceIndian Veterinary ServiceIndian Educational Service.—Recruitment by the Secretary of State has been stopped.

Indian Medical Service.—No final orders have yet been issued on the recommendations of the Lee Commission regarding this service.

Political Department of the Government of India.—The Government of India are already recruiting Indians at a higher percentage (30) than that recommended by the Commission (25).

Imperial Customs Service.—Out of every three vacancies, only one is filled in England, and the remaining two are filled in India by competitive examination which is open only to statutory natives of India, the rules for examination being the same as those for the Indian Audit and Accounts Service. In accordance with this practice, this year one probationer was recruited from England and two in India as the result of the examination held in December last.

Superior Telegraph Engineering and Wireless Branch.—No new recruitment has been made to the Superior Telegraph Engineering and Wireless, Branch since the publication of the Lee Commission's Report. The proportion recommended in the Report will be adhered to in making future recruitment.

State Railways.—Government have accepted the policy of recruitment as laid down in paragraph 42 (d) of the Lee Commission's Report so far as State railways are concerned and are taking steps accordingly.

Indian Audit and Accounts Service.—Since 1920 appointments to the service are ordinarily made by competitive examination in India at which only statutory natives of India are eligible to appear.

Mint and Assay Department.—The existing position was explained in the statement laid on the Table by Sir Malcolm Hailey in the Legislative Assembly on the 25th March, 1924 (page 2182 of the Legislative Assembly Debates, Volume IV, No. 38).

Military Accounts Department.—Recruitment by the Secretary of State was stopped in 1923 and direct appointments to the Department are now made by competitive examination at which only natives of India are eligible to appear.

Archaeological Department and Zoological Survey of India.—In the Archaeological Department two appointments were made this year, both of which were filled by Indians.

Similarly two appointments were made to the Zoological Survey of India, one of which was filled by an Indian and one by a European.

Survey of India.—Proposals are under consideration for the progressive Indianisation of Class I of the Survey of India in common with other public services.

Mines Department.—All appointments to this Department are made by the Government of India who advertise the vacancies in India in the first instance. Recruitment in England is only made when suitable candidates are not available here. One Indian was appointed in May, 1924, and it has been decided to appoint another Indian this year.

Meteorological Service.—It is the declared policy of the Government of India to recruit Indians to this service whenever men possessing the requisite qualifications are available. An Indian has recently been recruited in a vacancy caused by the retirement of a European officer. The present strength of Indians and Europeans in the service is five and three, respectively.

Geological Survey of India.—Recruitment by the Secretary of State has been stopped, with effect from the current year. No appointments have yet been made by the Government of India under the revised procedure. One Indian was appointed in December, 1924.

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