The Punjab cabinet that met in Chandigarh on Friday evening opposed the awarding of four marks for the personality-cum-interview test in the ongoing recruitment drive for constables in Punjab police.
Citing “merit”, the cabinet ministers in the coalittion government were unanimous that there was no need to have the clause made a part of recruitment drive, which is ongoing.
“The recruitment drive has already kicked off and the matter is being referred to Advocate General besides views from CM and the deputy CM for any likely corrigendum in terms and conditions amid the recruitment drive,” a minister who attended the cabinet meet told The Indian Express.
Aspirants for more than 6,000 posts of constables for men are mandated to undergo dope tests in five categories before qualifying for the measurement and physical strength tests. Separately, women applicants competing for more than 1,000 posts have been exempted from underoing any dope test.
Acting on a petition by as many as 28 candidates, where a Punjab government circular was cited to plead that the system of interview had been abolished in the said category, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice.
Punjab DGP Suresh Arora, when contacted, said he can only respond once he officially received any communication in that regard.
Meanwhile, for rural areas, the Cabinet cleared a proposal to recruit 4,000 constables and 750 constable drivers under Rapid Rural Police Response Scheme (RRPRS).
Cabinet also decided to abolish 75 posts of ASIs and 12 posts of operators in the Information Technology & Telecommunication Wing and create 8 new posts of DSPs and 67 Inspectors (operators). The Cabinet also approved 730 posts of ASIs and 100 Inspectors in Punjab Armed Police thereby abolishing 1086 posts of constables. These decisions would not entail any sort of financial burden on the state exchequer.
To further strengthen the Intelligence Wing of the state police, the Cabinet also approved 781 new posts including 11 DSPs, 24 Inspectors, 66 SIs, 64 ASIs, 116 Head Constables and 500 Constables.
The Cabinet also approved the creation of 4425 additional posts including ADCP (Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police/SP (Superintendent of Police, ACP (Assistant Commissioner Police/DSP (Deputy Superintendent of Police), Inspector, Sub Inspector, Assistant Sub Inspector, Head Constable and Constable to provide “best and efficient security services to the people in Ludhiana, Amritsar and SAS Nagar (Mohali) which are the famous business, religious and industrial centres”.
After Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi expressed resentment over not including reducing VAT on items like black pepper, cumin and carom seeds in the agenda item, CM Badal assured that the same would be put before next meeting on August 10. It was announced in Vidhan Sabha to reduce VAT on said items and do away with VAT on turmeric during Vidhan Sabha session in March this year.