IAS Assn threat: CM doesn?t like it
CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav has expressed his displeasure over certain remarks made by the IAS officers on his decision to appoint the PCS officers as district magistrates.india Updated: Mar 15, 2006 01:33 IST
CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav has expressed his displeasure over certain remarks made by the IAS officers on his decision to appoint the PCS officers as district magixstrates.
On the other hand, the PCS Officers have decided not to ‘react’ as their long-pending demand has been accepted by the CM. Also, Governor TV Rajeswar has ‘welcomed’ the CM’s decision.
Yadav is said to have been disturbed by comments that the IAS officers would draw the attention of the Election Commission towards the CM’s statement on the ‘crucial role played’ by the PCS officers in elections and that now the ruling party may appoint anybody, including presidents of their district units, as the district magistrate.
However, senior PCS officers, including some office-bearers of their association, told Hindustan Times on Tuesday that they were not bothered about the anti-PCS stand taken by their ‘big brothers’. They asked why no IAS officer was ever posted on any of the 30 sanctioned posts of joint secretary in the Secretariat.
Even ‘fresh’ IAS officers joined the Secretariat as special secretary. Moreover, they observed, various posts like that of vice-chairman of the Ghaziabad Development Authority, LDA and director, Mandi Parishad, besides others were PCS cadre posts but the IAS officers got themselves posted on such ‘lucrative’ posts for obvious reasons.
The number of sanctioned posts of principal secretaries and secretaries in the State was only 12 and 36 respectively but the number of IAS officers occupying theses posts was twice and thrice the sanctioned posts, they argued. “The responsibility of ‘proper and efficient management’ of the PCS cadre was that of the IAS officers who were solely responsible for poor cadre management which had resulted in prevailing chaos in the PCS cadre,” they said.
Neither the Central nor the state Government ever earmarked any post for IAS officers anywhere. It simply issued notification on the total ‘cadre strength’ and as such the IAS officers had no sole right on any particular post, they claimed. “The option to take a legal recourse to get justice is open for us also and we will not hesitate to file a case in court, if need be, observed a senior PCS officer, who is interestingly now a member of the IAS cadre after his promotion.
It was not for the first time that any state Government had decided to appoint PCS officers as DM.
Other governments, including that of Orissa and West Bengal, had already made that provision years back, they said.
Condemning the attitude of the Indian Administrative Services officers, an office-bearer of the PCS Association expressed the confidence that better sense would prevail and the ‘big brothers’ would shun the habit ofmonopolising and learn to share.
However, it was not easy particularly when they were taught to ‘serve to rule’, he added.