Tussle over powers in Northern Areas
25 July 2006
The Daily Times
Gilgit: A major tussle has started between the deputy chief executive (DCE) of the Northern Areas (NA) and the home secretary over the promotion of several administration officials from BPS 17 to BPS 18, sources said. The sources told Daily Times that some administrative powers, including transferring, posting and promoting officials to grade 18, had been passed on from the chief executive of the NA to the DCE. The DCE had recently promoted six officials from BPS 17 to BPS 18 and a notification had been issued in this regard by the deputy secretary of the NA cabinet after the approval of the deputy chief. The sources said that when the copy of this promotion order reached the office of the NA home secretary, he issued a show cause notice to the deputy secretary on why he was obeying orders from the DCE and issuing promotion orders without consulting the NA home secretary. The sources said that because of this tussle, officials including the assistant commissioner could not be promoted. The sources said that these promotions had been due for a long time. They said that a departmental hearing against the deputy secretary was also being called, for obeying the orders of an elected head of the areas government.