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Santa CM opens DM post for PCS

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav today assumed the role of Santa Claus for the Provincial Civil Service (PCS) officers, offering them surprise gifts. He announced that PCS officers would now also be appointed as district magistrates. Thus he fulfilled a promise made in the election manifesto of Samajwadi Party.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 01:33 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav today assumed the role of Santa Claus for the Provincial Civil Service (PCS) officers, offering them surprise gifts.

He announced that PCS officers would now also be appointed as district magistrates. Thus he fulfilled a promise made in the election manifesto of Samajwadi Party.

The CM, however, wanted a return gift from them, asking them to assist the government adequately in the Vidhan Sabha elections. “The polls will be held soon and its success will depend on PCS officers,” he said.

“We have to go to people during the Vidhan Sabha elections. I am not telling you to favour my party but to be impartial. Collectors only issue orders whereas it is the PCS officers who execute the order”, he said.

“A few manipulations by junior officers is enough to give a rude shock to political parties”, he said, adding that due to the support of the officers the bicycle (election symbol of SP) is ruling the roost in the state.

Addressing the annual convention of the PCS Association here, Yadav said the promotion quota of PCS officers to IAS would be increased from 33 per cent to 50 per cent. The proposal would be sent to the Centre and after its sanction it would be implemented, he said.

There were other rewards in store for the officers, including five posts in the pay scale of Rs 22,400- 24,500. The officers doing judicial work will get facilities of judicial officers during appointment on the post of chief revenue officer, additional commissioner judicial and member judicial and revenue board.

He also announced that retired PCS officers would be appointed in various commissions. Some of the retired officers have already been appointed in various commissions, Yadav said.

Yadav said instead of confrontation PCS officers should work in coordination with IAS. “Forget the differences and work for the development of the state”, he said.

Applauding the PCS officers, Yadav said at grassroots level the common people were in touch with them. The officers have important role in maintaining law and order and development works. The image of the government is also dependent on the working of these officers, he said. He urged the officers to work for the uplift of dalits and deprived class.

President of PCS Association Hardev Singh, general secretary Sambhu Singh Yadav and MP Ram Gopal Yadav expressed also spoke on the occasion.

First Published: Mar 12, 2006 01:29 IST