Govt. delay in implementing demands irks panchayat officials

Pondicherry Oct. 5. The Association of Pondicherry State Commune Panchayat Commissioners has expressed despair and bewilderment over the Government delay in implementing their demands.

The association members presented on Friday a detailed memorandum to the Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, listing their grievances and seeking his intervention.

There are only ten officials in the rank of the Commissioners, Assistant Director, Panchayat Officers or Municipal officers who were recruited and absorbed by the Local Administration Department.

With bleak promotional avenues and the anomalies affecting their service conditions, the Commissioners are at their wits' end.

Although a joint meeting with the Secretary of the Department was held in May last at which the demands of the Commissioners were accepted, no follow up action had been taken. The meeting decided that the anomaly in the pay scale of the Commissioners would be rectified and the pay fixed at Rs 6500-10,500 for the Commissioner Grade-II, Panchayat, and Municipal Officers Grade-I. There was a specific decision that the adhoc services of the Commissioner Grade-I, Assistant Director or Commissioner Grade-II, Panchayat officer Grade-I and Municipal Officer would be regularised retrospectively.

Amendment of Recruitment Rules for the post of Commissioner Grade-I and Assistant Director should be effected so as to ensure promotional opportunities for the Commissioner Grade-II, Panchayat Officer Grade-I, or Municipal officer Grade-I. These officers were working in the feeder line for more than twenty years. The Recruitment Rules envisaging filling up of the posts of Commissioner Grade-I by 50 per cent on promotion and by 50 per cent on deputation, the cadre officers were deprived of promotional opportunities.

There is no such condition in respect of filling up of posts in other departments like Revenue, Social Welfare, Commercial Tax and Cooperation. `Promotion failing which deputation' has been stipulated in their recruitment rules and this should be adopted in the Local Administration Department also, the memorandum asserted.

The decision also made it clear that the posts of Deputy Director (Rural Development) and Deputy Director (Municipal Administration) in the Local Administration department and also the posts of Commissioners of Pondicherry, Oulgaret and Karaikal Municipalities should be filled from the cadre of the Commissioner Grade-I as a promotional cadre.

None of these decisions had seen the light of the day causing demoralisation among the very few number of the officers remaining in the cadre.

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