THE UT Administration on Friday enhanced the upper age limit for entry into the government service in Chandigarh — from 25 to 37 years for jobs in Group C and Group D categories. This was announced by MP Kirron Kher at the UT Guesthouse. The orders by the Department of Personnel, Chandigarh Administration, read, “To provide avenues of employment to aspiring youth, it has been decided to enhance the limit for first entry into government service (in direct recruitment) for all technical and non-technical posts in Chandigarh Administration from 18-25 years to 18-37 years on the pattern of the Punjab government.” It was also mentioned that the matter had been considered by the administration in depth to redress the long-standing demands of the unions or federations of employees of Chandigarh Administration as well as job-seekers.
Kher had taken up the issue of enhancement of age with the Ministry of Home Affairs, following which the ministry clarified that the enhancement of age limit for entry into government service in Chandigarh did not fall within its preview. Kher, later, wrote a letter to UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore urging him to direct the officers of the Chandigarh Administration to prepare a proposal for amending the existing service rules, so that enhanced upper age limit on the Punjab pattern could be notified at the earliest.
People from different states apply for various government jobs in Chandigarh. Most of the states have fixed a quota for their residents and the Chandigarh Administration needs to take a similar step to safeguard the interests of city residents, the local MP said.
She even took a dig at former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal saying that he could not do anything on this issue during his term.
However, Bansal said, “I admit I could not get it done. I am happy that the age limit has been increased from 25 to 37. But the decision to limit the recruitment in Chandigarh to residents of Chandigarh alone has also to be taken, as the increase in the age limit should not end up in putting local residents at disadvantage vis-a-vis candidates from the other states.”
Local MP Kher celebrated with the notification in her hand along with dhols and sweets. Much before Kher was to make the announcement at the UT Guesthouse, various employees’ associations and students of ABVP from Panjab University had gathered there.
The Crackers Dealers’ Association had come to offer sweets to the MP. Kher also took credit for getting cracker stalls put up at the markets, a decision taken by the Deputy Commissioner under political pressure. Earlier, he was opposed to it.