PCSA repartee to IAS criticism
IRKED BY constant criticism of ?big brothers? regarding Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav?s decision to give two of the 70 posts of district magistrate to PCS officers, the PCS Association (PCSA) is now preparing a ?white paper? on the IAS cadre, highlighting violation of various rules and regulations by them to benefit their fraternity in the State.india Updated: May 27, 2006 01:32 IST
IRKED BY constant criticism of ‘big brothers’ regarding Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s decision to give two of the 70 posts of district magistrate to PCS officers, the PCS Association (PCSA) is now preparing a ‘white paper’ on the IAS cadre, highlighting violation of various rules and regulations by them to benefit their fraternity in the State.
PCSA office-bearers are preparing a questionnaire also, asking IAS officers to justify various advantages taken by them by misinterpreting or bypassing rules.
First of all, they asked, who was responsible for poor management of the PCS which was the root cause of the prevailing chaos in the cadre. Why was a hue and cry being raised on the appointment of merely two PCS officers as DMs when no IAS officer, in clear violation of rules, had been appointed to the 30 post of joint secretary (exclusively meant for IAS) in the Secretariat, they asked, adding that each IAS officer went to the Sachivalaya directly as special secretary.
PCS officers in Orissa, West Bengal and other states were being appointed as DMs for the past many years, they claimed. Moreover, public order, land and land revenue were subjects on the State List as per the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution and as such these could be managed by the State Civil Services officers, if the State government so desired, they claimed.
The number of principal secretaries and secretaries in UP was 65 and 60 against the sanctioned 12 and 36 respectively and IAS officers were still creating more posts without prior sanction from the Centre, the office-bearers said, challenging their big bosses to justify creation of posts on the pretext of ‘subject to approval by the Centre’.
The IAS officers, as per rules, should get the senior scale after six years of service but a majority got the scale after three years of service in order to be appointed as DM at the earliest.
As per rules, the PCS officers were eligible for promotion to the IAS after eight years of service but in reality they were not being promoted to the IAS even after 30 years of service. However, no IAS officer ever bothered to take remedial measures to change the situation and clear the stagnation, they alleged. Contrary to this, all IAS officers of 1990 batch had already become secretaries in the State while the rule was that they should be promoted to the post of secretary after 18 years of service. Similarly, all the 1980 batch IAS officers in the State were on additional secretary’s pay-scale while at the Centre, officers of 1975 batch had got this scale.
A number of lucrative posts meant for PCS officers had been grabbed by IAS officers, they alleged and said that various posts, including that of vice-chairman of the LDA, GDA, director of Mandi Parishad, director general, Yuva Kalyan and various other ‘coveted posts’ were reserved for PCS officers but so far only IAS officers were being given these postings for obvious reasons.
On the argument of IAS officers that PCS officers in UP were getting the best in comparison to their counterparts in other states, the core group preparing the ‘white paper’ said that the IAS officers of the State must compare themselves with those in other states to find out that they were much better off than their counterparts.