In a move to induct fresh blood into its cadres,the Punjab government has decided to lay off those retired Punjab Civil Service officers who were hired on contract three years ago to fill the shortfall in its numbers.
Facing a shortage of 107 officers the number will reach 147 once the 40 on-contract retired PCS officers are laid off following a performance review the government has decided to recruit 60 new faces.
Out of 288 sanctioned posts of PCS officers in the state,only 141 are regular employees. Facing a severe staff shortage,three years ago the state government had hired on contract 40 retired PCS officers. Their contract ends on December 31 this year.
Now,Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has directed to set up a committee – headed by Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh with secretary (personnel) Anirudh Tiwari and another officer as its members to review the performance of the on-contract PCS officers
This committee has been given the mandate to take the final call on extending or terminating the tenures of the on-contract officers. The contract of the officers who had retired after attaining the age of 58 years mentions that contract may not be renewed after it expires on December 31.
Meanwhile,31 newly recruited PCS officers will be joining duties soon. The personnel department will,in a move to fill the shortfall of the officers by next year,will be sending another proposal to the state cabinet to recruit 60 more officers 30 direct recruitment and 30 from promotions.
However,the much awaited elevation of revenue officers to the PCS rank was recently postponed by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC).
The revenue officers have termed it a failure of the state government and alleged that the delay was being deliberately caused by some officers who were trying to gain entry into PCS cadre despite not being eligible for the post.
A list of 37 revenue officers,including district revenue officer,tehsildars and naib tehsildars,was submitted to the PPSC a long time back.
At least 12 were to be elevated to PCS ranks.