Pakistan Administrative Service
Pakistan Administrative Service, or PAS (previously known as the District Management Group or DMG), is an elite cadre of the Civil Service of Pakistan. Officers in this group are recruited through a competitive examination held once a year by the Federal Public Service Commission of Pakistan. Those selected for this group have to undergo a two-year training programme at the Civil Services Academy (CSA) in Lahore, Pakistan.
The Indian Civil Service (ICS)—also known once as Imperial Civil Service, predecessor of the Civil Service of Pakistan and District Management Group—was established by the British to bolster the British Raj. After Indian independence, the ICS component ceded to Pakistan was renamed the Pakistan Administrative Service. Later it was named the Civil Service of Pakistan. In 1954, an agreement was reached between the Governor General of Pakistan and the governors of the provinces to constitute an All-Pakistan service. Under administrative reforms of 1973, the name of Civil Service of Pakistan was changed to All-Pakistan Unified Group (APUG) of which the DMG and Police Service of Pakistan are now major components.
Appointments of DMG/PAS Officers
After completing initial training and probation at the CSA, officers are posted in field offices throughout Pakistan on BPS 17 Grade appointments. Officers of the rank of Captains (within 3 to 6 years service) and equivalents from defense services are also inducted (in three fields DMG, Police and Foreign Services) on allocated quota after recommendations of Chairman FPSC. For this these officers accost loss of seniority in getting one step down, but not the previous service accountable for pay and pension. Officers of DMG are first appointmented typically as Assistant Commissioners of sub-divisions. They will simultaneously be charged with the responsibilities of Assistant Collector (Revenue) and Sub-Divisional Magistrate. Subsequently as they progress in their careers, DMG Officers are placed on a variety of field, staff, secretarial and instructional appointments. The BPS grades are enumerated (in order of increasing responsibility) as:
||Field appointment of AC combines roles of Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) and Assistant Collector (Land Revenue)
||Field appointment of DC combines roles of District Magistrate (DM) and Collector (Land Revenue)
||Commissioners of Divisions were previously under Members of Board of Revenue but now they are directly responsible to the Chief Secretary of respective Province.|
||In-charge of larger Federal Divisions, in special cases as in Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Finance.|
Honours and Distinctions
Post Devolution (2001) Scenario
Since 2001, after the passage of Local Governance Ordinance (LGO) 2001, the nature of appointments taken by DMG officers has undertaken a shift. With the abolition of the institution of Executive Magistracy, the position of DM/SDM no longer exist. A DMG officer now makes a start as Deputy District Officer (Revenue), a new nomenclature for Deputy Collector (Land Revenue). Similarly, the erstwhile Deputy Commissioner has been replaced with a DO(R) under Land Revenue Act. AC has been replaced with DDOR, while the powers of Commissioners have been vested with EDOR. DCO the so-called head of district government is not even a revenue officer under Land Revenue Act. He cannot sit as a Revenue court and appeals against decisions of EDOR are heard in Board of revenue. In Punjab, the PML(N)Government has reinstated Commissioners, albeit without significant powers as the Land Revenue and other relevant Acts are amended. However, now DDOR has been abolished and replaced with Assistant Commissioner, but office of Deputy Commissioner hasn't been restored in Punjab. Balochistan government has reinstated the institutions of Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner. In KPK also the office of Commissioner stands restored. It seems that the governments have largely realized the mistake they committed by going for devolution without required preparation.
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