Last chance for Punjab to fill 1,925 posts of lecturer
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday granted the Punjab government the last opportunity to come up with a fair stand on how it intends to fill the sanctioned 1,925 posts of lecturer in private aided colleges.
The directions came from the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Arun Palli on a public-interest petition filed by Jagwant Singh of Chandigarh. The court observed that the state government had different stand on different dates of hearing, so it made it clear that the cause of education should not suffer because of the vacant posts.
On Monday, the state government submitted that the council of ministers had constituted a committee comprising the education minister, finance minister, chief secretary and principal secretary (higher education) to file its recommendations.
Appearing for the petitioner, advocate Sameer Sachdeva had sought quashing of the state government's imposing indefinite ban on filling sanctioned teaching and non-teaching posts in aided colleges. Since the state government will have to bear the Rs 150-crore cost of filling the 1,925 posts of lecturer, the recruitment is delayed; but the court made it clear that financial crisis could not be any excuse for not hiring.
The next hearing is on July 1.