Peshawar    -   Approval of the provincial government to give a 3pc quota in Provincial Management Service (PMS) to the ministerial staff of the district and divisional administrations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has caused commotion while several secretariat employees were detained for 30 days.

Sixteen employees of the civil secretariat have been arrested in Peshawar under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Ordinance. Deputy Commissioner Peshawar Shafiullah Khan issued a notification, stating that all the 16 secretariat employees have been detained for 30 days because they wanted to paralyse government machinery at the secretariat. It merits a mention here that out of 100 inductions, 50pc of officers in the PMS are recruited directly through the Public Service Commission and a

30pc quota for the PMS is allocated for the employees of the civil secretariat, while the rest of the 20pc  PMS seats are reserved for the promotions of tehsildars of the entire province. However,

the government recently approved giving a 3pc quota out of tehsildars’ 20pc to the staff of districts and divisional administrations.  Civil Secretariat Employees Coordination Council chairman Zaffar Yousafzai was not available for comment as he was also among the arrestees. On Friday, the civil secretariat employees staged a protest rally and leaders of the secretariat employees demanded that out of the 20pc PMS quota of tehsildars, a further 10pc should be given to the secretariat employees