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Govt to relax terms for new recruits

The Punjab government has decided to “tweak” the provisions of the Punjab Civil Services Act 2011 so that it does not apply to the set of appointments done by the state government in the past few months.

The Punjab government has decided to “tweak” the provisions of the Punjab Civil Services (Rationalization of Certain Conditions of Services) Act 2011 so that it does not apply to the set of appointments done by the state government in the past few months.

The Act,implemented from April 5 this year,lays down that every direct recruit to a government job would have to go through a three-year induction period during which this employee would be paid only a fixed monthly emolument equal to his minimum basic pay band. The period of induction would also not be counted in the total service of the said employee.

The Act provides for the extension of the induction period up to five years depending on the performance of the employee during the first three years of service.

The immediately affected by the Act were a group of sub-divisional engineers employed by Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Department,another 1200 doctors regularised in service as fresh appointments by the department of Rural Development and Panchayats and recently appointed public relation officers.

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“We are bringing a small amendment to the Act to exclude these three categories of appointments since the process of employing them was already underway before the Act came into being,” said SC Aggarwal,chief secretary,Punjab. He said the amendment would be brought in following a nod from the chief minister.

These SDEs were appointed following selections by Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) in September 2010. These SDEs were first issued a set of appointment letters in accordance with the old service rules on April 8. However,on April 11,they were issued fresh letters in accordance with the new Act.

The 1200 rural medical officers serving in the rural areas for five years under the Zila Parishads have been appointed as regular employees of the department of rural development and panchayats from May 1.

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Most of these recently selected employees had decided to move court for relief on the ground that the process of their selection was already on when the act was enforced in the state.

Though the amendment is being brought in ostensibly to preempt litigation,sources say that the Act is considered to be too “employee unfriendly” for serious implementation in an election year.

First published on: 20-05-2011 at 00:02 IST
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