Embattled Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has unknowingly set a different kind of record. For the first time in the history of Maharashtra, most of the district collectors are either IAS officers who have been promoted from the state cadre or IAS officers posted from the Centre who are also sons-of-the-soil. For a long period, the status was that out of 35 districts, well over 24 to 30 collectors were from the IAS and the remaining were from the state cadre. A week ago, when Chief Minister Ashok Chavan reshuffled the bureaucracy, the maximum number of officers from the state cadre were promoted to the IAS and posted as collectors, even in plum districts. Till a decade ago, the annual allotment of IAS officers to the Maharashtra cadre from the Centre was about seven to 12. However, in the recent past, it has reduced to four or five. Owing to the reduced intake, there were a lesser number of babus eligible to be posted as district collectors. As a result, the state government had no option but to promote state-cadre revenue officers to the IAS-of course, after following rules laid down by the Union Public Service Commission. Chief Minister Ashok Chavan is getting credit for protecting the cause of the sons-of-the-soil at a juncture when Maharashtra Navnirman Sena founder Raj Thackeray has also launched an agitation for the same cause. Bureau report – NMTV News.
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