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CM puts ball in IAS court

WHEN UTTAR Pradesh IAS Association members met Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday to urge him to withdraw his announcement regarding posting of Provincial Civil Service (PCS) officers as district magistrates, an anti-climax situation arose.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 01:14 IST

Seeks just two DM posts for PCS

WHEN UTTAR Pradesh IAS Association members met Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday to urge him to withdraw his announcement regarding posting of Provincial Civil Service (PCS) officers as district magistrates, an anti-climax situation arose.

The chief minister asked the ‘Big Brothers’ to relent and give at least two posts of district magistrates to the PCS. “You are the big brothers. Give me two posts of DMs to post PCS officers. I am sure you will agree. I do not want to do anything without your consent,” he said.

The occasion was IAS Association’s meeting with the CM after ‘Holi Milan’.

The association said the PCS demand was not legally tenable. It said a number of IAS officers have not been able to get DM’s post even now. So how could PCS officers be accommodated?

The CM, however, decided to put the ball in IAS’s court. This left the IAS Association in a dilemma.

An emergency meeting of executive committee of the association has now been convened on Friday to discuss the issue. However, no solution to the vexed issue appears in sight.

The association is neither in a position to displease the chief minister nor is it in a mood to give up its demand. So what happens next?

Those who know the chief minister will agree that the issue might have become more complex now. The association is unlikely to agree to the CM’s demand.

On the other hand the chief minister has already made the announcement. By making the announcement he has only fulfilled his election promise as the issue was part of the Samajwadi Party’s election manifesto.

The chief minister will obviously not like to implement his announcement by antagonising the IAS. Yet he may have no option left. If the IAS association were to be believed it had a strong legal case against giving the posts of DM to the PCS.

All the 70 posts of DM were the cadre posts of IAS, said an office-bearer of UP IAS Association. Hence, the PCS officers could not be posted there, he said.

First Published: Mar 17, 2006 01:14 IST