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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, October 28, 2013
Punjab Congress spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Monday accused education minister Sikander Singh Maluka of pressurising officials for favouritism in the recruitment of school headmasters in the state.
He produced documents to show that a merit list of 222 headmasters selected in March was withdrawn in August and the selection process was again advertised.

Principal secretary, school education, Anjali Bhawra, when contacted, acknowledged the decision, stating that the decision was "rightly taken" at her level "due to various reasons."

She agreed that the policy for the recruitments was revised, keeping 10 marks for interview, besides the credentials on the basis of qualification and experience.

Khaira, however, raised doubts over rehashing of the entire recruitment process after the replacement of former director general, school education (DGSE), KS Pannu.

"Suddenly, after Pannu's transfer, the minister dissolved the selection process on flimsy administrative grounds in August," Khaira said.

Bhawra said the decision to change the policy was taken in view of "the litigation also in which some people had approached the court, challenging the earlier recruitment process".