LAHORE - Private secretaries and superintendents may jointly file their case with Punjab chief minister seeking correction to the Provincial Management Service Rules 2004 since the promotion share of 22.5 per cent for PMS officers is learnt to have been erroneous.
“The promotion formula should be set in the light of rulings passed by the superior courts that the principle of proportionate strength for feeding cadres for promotion against higher slots be considered,” they said.
No DPC meeting for promotion to the extent of tehsildars, who had already grabbed 28 more seats than they deserved, should be convened till correction in the existing unjustified ratio, they held.
Superintendents and private secretaries are looking forward to oath-taking ceremony of the Punjab Civil Secretariat Employees Association (Grade 1-16), expected on Friday (today), so that both the associations representing superintendents and private secretaries may jointly take their case to CM Shahbaz Sharif against this heinous discrimination.
The promotion formula be set as per policy guidelines contained in circular letter No R-II(S&GAD) 2-54/76 dated 25.09.1980, practice in vogue and rulings made by the apex court that the principle of proportionate strength of feeding cadres for promotion against higher posts be considered, they said while adding no DPC meeting for promotion to the extent of Tehsildars should be convened till correction in the existing unjustified ratio.
A private secretary who wished to be kept anonymous said that 50pc (399) of the total PMS posts (798) is filled though initial recruitment by Public Service Commission while 45 per cent (359) has been fixed for promotion while rest of the 5 per cent (40 posts) for ministerial staff.
It is further submitted that the sanctioned strength of the posts of superintendents and private secretaries in all the departments as per budget for the financial year 2013-14 is 260, whereas the sanctioned strength of tehsildars who hail from Punjab Revenue Department under different formations as per budget 2013-14 is 191.
The cadre strength of both the feeding cadres is 451 posts (260+191), he said.
“Thus percentage cadre strength of superintendents and private secretaries against cadre strength of both feeding cadres comes to 58 per cent and 42 per cent, respectively,” he stated.
Accordingly, their proportionate ratio against 45 per cent PMS posts reserved for promotion in BS-17 should come to 26 per cent and 19 per cent, respectively, contrary to the erroneously and arbitrarily fixed ratio of 22.5 per cent in PMS Rules, 2004.
Thus, promotion of both the feeding cadres of PMS against BS-17 posts should have to be governed as per their actual ratio, proportionate share and cadre strength by placing the case before the “Service Rules Committee”.
They blame tehsildars for having more seats than their due share which is unjustified and against the principle of natural justice and contradictory to the policy guidelines and rulings made by the apex court.
Talking about trickle down effects if the fallacious formula is corrected, 140 more promotion avenues would be available for different categories of officials right from naib qasid to superintendents and stenographer to private secretaries.