Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Aggravated and Annoying Campaign Against the WBCS (Exe)

A section of media persons seem to be too enthusiastic to produce sensational items for their readers (or spectators)! It’s a combination of half-truth, distorted truth and lies, as it was brought out recently by one English newspaper to portray the state administration. There might be many intentions and one of them could be to have more proximity with bureaucratic power that may be tapped and twisted to meet future agenda. It aimed at establishing a section of bureaucracy as neutral and effective and another as partial and motivated. The matter should be taken up straight and without any ambiguity.
It’s a general knowledge that if the upper echelon of bureaucracy is sincere, honest and upright it will have a chain effect down the line. If the upper strata are not so, other tiers cant go long independently ignoring the center of gravity. No one has noticed any difference or resentment at the top in last decade or so with political dictates, which sometimes came out occasionally in sixties, seventies or in early eighties. As a matter of fact senior officers were found in tandem in the policy making with political functionaries, not only at the state level but also in the districts. State Civil Service officers were often bypassed and even replaced when they contradicted with such policies or other in the fields. It was a common feature where a BDO had to face strong opposition for years from the Panchayat Samiti run by the party in power. He seldom received the required support from the district administration to establish his views logically. The SCS officers in the sub-divisions or districts had similar experience at the time of reconciliation while upholding impartiality, adhering to the rules and regulations and fulfilling the need of people to the best possible extent. Their role as Returning Officers, once again, in the just concluded Assembly Election, received appreciation from all corners. One should not forget that about three-forth of the cadre strength of the WBCS (Exe) has to perform in these areas of administration and development.
Let’s now consider one or two incidents concerned with the SCS officers posted in the secretariats. Important and powerful ministers of the previous government have not accepted the truth and reality that civil service is separate in nature and activities and it can’t be compared with other services of the state. The GoI has admitted and given effect to it time and again for the IAS and other central services. Whenever any demand from SCS officers was placed before the previous state government it was found having examined in the context of the status of other officers. The state government has not yet implemented its order (No. 3015-F, dated 13-3-2001) to appoint SCS officers as secretary and open some posts of DM for them (Presently it has come down to 2 from 3 and the previous government did not take any step to amend it). The Joint Consultative Committee headed by the Chief Minister could meet rarely although its meeting should have been held twice in a year. The last state Pay Commission was mum only about the career prospect of the WBCS (Exe). Had the top echelon of bureaucracy taken interest in such matters things would have been different.
The only finger that one may raise on the ground of proximity is about some officers who worked as private secretaries to the ministers. Everywhere personal choice of a minister in such appointment has mattered in any government. Possibility of some ministers having personal likings for one or two officers might also be a reality. But it’s a rare reality. The government may end it and treat them according to their seniority and merit. But such a microscopic scrutiny in some cases as they are reported should have been avoided and, moreover, it should not attach any special tag with the entire cadre and allow media men or anybody else to indulge in the campaign which seems aggravated and annoying, and which may prove disastrous for the state.
-  Paromita Deb 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

WBCS (Exe) Officers Treated as Hired Workforce in the State

In a letter addressed to all District Magistrates vide No. 855(19)-SE(Pry)/10M-87/2010, dated 11-11-2010 the School Education Department has asked for deployment of Executive Magistrates at all levels for conduct of DPSC election, for which DI of Schools has been appointed as Returning Officer. The Department has also instructed the Executive Magistrates to comply with 14-point requirements which are normally taken care of by the Sector Officers in a General Election. The DI of Schools will pay Rs. 300 to each Executive Magistrate to perform his 'election duties'.
The deterioration in the state administration has not been noticed ever before. A Department does not know about the duties and function of Executive Magistrate, neither does it know as to how can an Executive Magistrate be instructed. Its out an out a unprecedented, derogetory and illegal instruction. All WBCS (Exe) officers should bring it to the notice of the District Magistrate and deny it to get into all and sundry of internal departmental activities.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Thanks to the Website manager for making the GO No. 3015-F, dated 13-3-2001 of Finance Dept (Audit Branch) under the 'Notification' tab of the website. Surprisingly, such an important GO never found a place before!
Para 4(1) of the GO reads: "....... Six additional posts of Special Secretary/Secretary in the revised scale No. 21 are sanctioned for WBCS(Ex.)......" Therefore, the State Government allowed the post of 'Secretary' for the cadre. But in spite of holding the charge of the I&CA Department, our President Shri Niloy Ghosh has not been designated as Secretary, he is known as the 'Special Secretary in Charge'!
On the eligibility of being Special Secretary/Secretary, the said GO continues: "completed 25 years of total service in the cadre including 3 years as Joint Secretary."
Therefore, the Government has to ensure that WBCS(Exe) officers have the opportunity to become joint Secretary within 22 years of service in the cadre. Otherwise, they cant have the scope of being selected as Special Secretary/Secretary, when they complete 3 years as Joint Secretary and simultaneously complete 25 years of service in the cadre.
The GO further says: "Govt. has also decided to fill up some of the posts of the District Magistrates by WBCS(Ex.) officers. Detailed Govt. order in this respect will be issued later on."
Once upon a time there happened to be 3 District Magistrates from the cadre. The number has again come down to and consolidated at 2. God knows, what should be the number to match with the word 'SOME' out of total number of 19 ! Common sense says, it should be about one-fourth at least. But the tragedy is that "Detailed Govt. order" has not been issued as yet.
We may therefore like to know:
  1. Whether there was enough pursuation and negotiation with the highest authority in the State Government to realise the Govt. decisions.
  2. Whether the issues were raised in the meetings of the Consultative Committee, if such important decisions of the Govt. were not translated into action. If 'yes', what was the outcome?
When the decisions already taken by the Govt about 10 years back have not yet been realised how much can we expect on where the PC remains either silent or takes a negative stand?

Saturday, August 14, 2010


The 6th CPC says (3.2.7): They (IAS) have an important coordinating, multi-functional and integrating role in the administrative framework....They hold important field level posts at district level..... at the start of their careers with critical decision making and crisis management responsibilities... It (the slight edge in the initial stages of their career) will ensure that IAS officers near the beginning of their career are given slightly higher remuneration vis-à-vis other services and act as an incentive for the brightest candidates to enter this service. This is essential as the initial postings of IAS officers are generally to small places, they face frequent transfers and the pulls and pressures they have to stand upto early in their career are much more intense. The slight edge in the initial stages of their career would, to an extent, neutralize these problems. The Commission, accordingly, is of view that the existing edge for IAS in the three grades viz. Senior Time Scale, Junior Administrative Grade and Non-Functional Selection Grade needs to be retained.

Bhishmadeb Dasgupta