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Govt officers complain DMG officers undermining their cadre

Govt officers complain DMG officers undermining their cadre

PESHAWAR: Officers of the Provincial Management Services (PMS) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa started their two-day token strike on Friday against the proposed in-service training for provincial officers, saying it was an attempt to undermine their cadre by the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) and District Management Group (DMG) officers.

The provincial government officers attended their offices while wearing black armbands and did not work from 10:00am to 12:00 noon. They would follow the same routine on Monday as a run-up to starting a complete strike from Tuesday if the government did not pay attention to their grievances.

“This is a token strike and aimed at bringing the issues faced by the provincial bureaucracy into the government attention,” an office-bearer of the PMS Officers Association told Dawn. The official said that in case they failed to get the government’s attention through the token strike they would launch complete pen down strike in the provincial secretariat, and across the province and Fata from Tuesday.

He said that it was the PAS and DMG officers who pushed them to go for this strike by employing tactics aimed at harming the provincial bureaucracy.

The official said that after their grievances were taken up by the KP Assembly a few months ago, the federal officers were feeling frustrated and were bent on creating problems for PMS officers. He said that the DMG officers’ decision to impart six months revenue training to PMS officials as pre-condition to be posted out of secretariat was like a joke. “A large number of PMS officers have performed administrative duties across the province and Fata, and subjecting them to revenue training is anything but mala fide,” he said.

A statement issued by the PMS Officers Association said that the strike was against the proposed in-service training for PMS officers, which was an attempt to undermine their cadre by PAS/DMG officers.

It also said that the scheduled posts on which the federal and provincial officers could have been posted were also being retrenched. The statement said that posting of federal officers to the province was against the spirit of the Constitution and should be declared illegal by the provincial legislature.

The provincial bureaucracy has been opposing the 1993s jobs apportionment formula of posts of BPS-17 to BPS-22. The provincial officers said that the formula devised under the caretaker government of Moeen Qureshi was slapped on the province in the absence of any elected assembly, which is the sole custodian of PMS.

Under this formula, the DMG/PAS officers get more number of posts as the rank goes up, while at lower level most posts go to the PMS officers. The provincial officers say that as their strength stands at around 600, this formula creates serious problems for their promotion, while the PAS officers in the province whose number is no more than 100 get almost all higher posts.

Under the formula, the DMG/PAS officers get 100 per cent of grade-22 posts, 65 per cent share in grade-21posts, 60pc in grade-20, 50pc in grade-19, 40pc grade-18 and 25pc share in grade-17 posts of the provincial administrative setup.

On the contrary, the PMS officers have 75 per cent share in grade-17 posts, 60pc in grade-18, 50pc in grade-19, 40pc in grade-20, 35pc in grade-21 and no share in grade-22 posts.

Published in Dawn, August 1st, 2015

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