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PCS body challenges Centre?s notification

THE UTTAR Pradesh PCS Association has challenged the Centre?s notification on IAS cadre review in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court. The Centre?s notification dated August 25, 2006, categorises all posts of DM as those of the IAS cadre.

india Updated: Sep 29, 2006 01:13 IST

THE UTTAR Pradesh PCS Association has challenged the Centre’s notification on IAS cadre review in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court.

The Centre’s notification dated August 25, 2006, categorises all posts of DM as those of the IAS cadre.

A petition challenging the notification was filed, said UP PCS Association secretary Hardev Singh after presiding over a meeting of the association’s executive committee here on Thursday evening. About 50 officers attended the meeting, he said.

The association filed the petition following the UP IAS Association’s strong opposition to State Government’s decision to post PCS officers as district magistrates. The association had called the Centre’s notification a mechanical exercise, said Singh while pointing out that the notification reflected non-application of mind. No thought had been given to the 30 posts of joint secretaries that had remained vacant in the IAS cadre over the years, he said, adding that the Centre’s notification also violated Article 14 of the Constitution.

The IAS officers were occupying more than the sanctioned number of posts of principal secretaries and secretaries, he said. The association had decided to hold its three-day annual general meeting (AGM) any time from November 15, to 30, 2006, said Singh.

The association has requested Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to give his consent to address the meeting on the first day.

Singh said there was strong resentment against the State Government’s decision to refer the irregularities in the Gram Swaraj Rojgar Yojana from 14 districts to the Economic Offences Wing. Singh said chief secretary Naveen Chandra Bajpai would be requested to recall cases from the EOW and initiate a departmental inquiry.