Pakistan Administrative Service

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The Pakistan Administrative Service, or PAS (previously known as the District Management Group or DMG before 1 June 2012) is an elite and most prestigious cadre of the Civil Service of Pakistan.[1][2] The Pakistan Administrative Service over the years has emerged as the most consolidated and developed civil institution, with the senior PAS officers of grade 22 often seen as stronger than the government ministers. The service of PAS is very versatile in nature and officers are assigned to different departments all across Pakistan during the course of their careers. Almost all of the country's high profile bureaucratic positions such as the federal secretaries, the provincial chief secretaries and chairmen of top-heavy organisations like the National Highway Authority, Trading Corporation of Pakistan and State Life Insurance Corporation usually belong to the elite Pakistan Administrative Service.[3][4]

From district administration to the highest levels of policy making in the federal government, the officers of the Pakistan Administrative Service play the most pivotal part in running the country

Officers in this group are recruited through a competitive examination held once a year by the Federal Public Service Commission. Those selected for this group have to undergo a two-year training programme at the Civil Services Academy (CSA) in Lahore.[1]

History[edit]

The Indian Civil Service (ICS)—also known once as Imperial Civil Service in British India, predecessor of the Civil Service of Pakistan and District Management Group—was established by the British to bolster the British Raj. After Indian independence in 1947, the Indian Civil Service component ceded to Pakistan was initially renamed the Pakistan Administrative Service. Later, it was renamed 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 valid throughout Pakistan.[5]

Later under administrative reforms of 1973, the name of Civil Service of Pakistan was changed to All-Pakistan Unified Group (APUG), which consists of the Pakistan Administrative Service, Police Service of Pakistan and Secretariat Group. Since 1973, each year a new batch of officers undergo a "Common Training Programme" (CTP) which includes officers of various occupational groups at the Civil Services Academy.[6]

Appointments of PAS Officers[edit]

After completing initial training and probation at the Civil Services Academy, officers are posted in field offices throughout Pakistan on Basic Pay Scale (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 occupational groups; P.A.S, Police and Foreign Services) on allocated quota after recommendations of Chairman Federal Public Service Commission.[6]

Officers of PAS are first appointed typically as Assistant Commissioners of sub-divisions. They will simultaneously be charged with the responsibilities of Assistant Commissioners of Sub-Divisional level.[6]

The Basic Pay Scales (BPS grades) are enumerated (in order of increasing responsibility) such as:

Grade Appointment Remarks
BPS-17
  • Under Secretary to Provincial Government
  • Section Officer in Federal Secretariat
  • Assistant Commissioner (AC)
  • Assistant Political Agent (APA)
  • Assistant Director of Federal / Provincial Department
Field appointment of AC combines roles of Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) and Assistant Collector (Land Revenue)
BPS-18
  • Deputy Secretary to Provincial Government
  • Senior Section Officer in Federal Secretariat
  • Deputy Commissioner (DC) for a smaller district
  • Political Agent (PA) for a smaller agency
  • Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) for a larger district
  • Additional Political Agent for a larger agency
  • Deputy Director of a Federal / Provincial Department
Field appointment of DC combines roles of District Magistrate (DM) and Collector (Land Revenue)
BPS-19
  • Deputy Secretary to the Government of Pakistan
  • Additional Secretary to Provincial Government
  • Additional Commissioner of a Larger Administrative Division (Appointment created on required basis).
  • Deputy Commissioner (DC) for a larger district
  • Political Agent (PA) for a larger agency
  • Project Manager for Federal Scheme
  • Director of a Federal / Provincial Department
BPS-20
  • Joint Secretary to the Government of Pakistan
  • Secretary / Special Secretary to Provincial Government
  • Member Provincial Board of Revenue
  • Commissioners of Administrative Divisions
  • Director General of Federal Department
  • Project Director for Federal Scheme
Commissioners of Divisions were previously under Members of Board of Revenue but now they are directly responsible to the Chief Secretary of respective Province

Equivalent to Brigadier (1-star officer) of the Armed Forces

BPS-21
  • Acting Secretary to the Government of Pakistan
  • Additional Secretary to the Government of Pakistan
  • Additional Chief Secretary to Provincial Government (e.g. ACS Planning)
  • Senior Joint Secretary to the Government of Pakistan
  • Senior Member Provincial Board of Revenue
  • Senior Secretary to Provincial Government
  • Commissioners of Larger Administrative Divisions
  • Chairman of Federal Organisation
  • Chief Executive / Managing Director of Public Corporation
  • Chief Secretary to AJK / Gilgit-Baltistan Government.
Equivalent to Major General (2-star officer) of the Armed Forces
BPS-22 Highest attainable rank for a serving officer

Equivalent to Lieutenant General (3-star officer) of the Armed Forces

Post-devolution (2001) scenario[edit]

Magistracy continues to be exercised in the federal capital; however, the institution of the office of the Deputy Commissioner has been deprived of its previously held legal authority elsewhere in the country.

Notable PAS officers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "DMG renamed as PAS". The Nation (newspaper). 1 June 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  2. ^ Malik Asad (25 May 2014). "Boon for PAS (Pakistan Administrative Service) angers other civil service groups". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  3. ^ Ali, Sameen (9 July 2018). "Is the bureaucracy politically neutral during elections?". Dawn.com.
  4. ^ "Bureaucrats call for equal representation - The Express Tribune". Tribune.com.pk. 13 September 2018.
  5. ^ Asad, Malik (25 May 2014). "Boon for PAS angers other civil service groups". Dawn.com.
  6. ^ a b c d Imran Mukhtar (10 February 2013). "CSB (Central Selection Board) meets tomorrow to consider 300 babus' (bureaucrats) promotion". The Nation (newspaper). Retrieved 29 June 2018.

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