Even after more than four years, the local municipal corporation has failed to convene the department promotional committee (DPC) meeting for junior engineers (JE) and sub-divisional engineers (SDE) under various departments, despite availability of posts for promotion.
According to sources, despite the fact that the administrative branch of MC has put up promotion cases several times before the additional commissioner, no action into the matter has been taken by the higher authorities on the plea that rules have not been finalised yet by the secretary, local bodies government, or UT administrator, which, however, is not required.
Sources further said for the promotion purposes there is no need for any approval of new rules as far as transferred employees are concerned because as per terms and conditions of transferred employees, the same rules shall be applied as applicable in the Chandigarh administration.
The administration has already adopted the Punjab PWD (B&R) Rules, 2011, wherein the promotion quota is 50% already promoted the assistant engineers (AE) on regular basis that are junior by seven to eight years in the service as compared to the transferred employees in the MC.
BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi raised the issue in the house meeting in March and even clarified during the discussion that the employees are transferred under clause 428 H of the MC Act therefore the service conditions of the transferred cannot be altered to the disadvantage of their counterparts in the administration.
Speaking to HT, Joshi said the authorities concerned are misguiding the administrator, adviser to the administrator, secretary, local self-government and MC commissioner with the plea that the draft rules are not yet approved by the authorities concerned and promotions cannot be done. This shows that the authorities in the MC are not willing to promote the AEs/JEs and are making excuses on flimsy grounds for some ulterior motive, he added.
Besides, despite instructions of the Chandigarh administration, the MC has not withdrawn the current duty charges from 23 assistant engineers of the MC, who have been appointed in violation of the recruitment rules against the posts meant for direct recruitment. Interestingly, the municipal corporation has not made recruitments since the past 16 years.
When contacted, Lalit Siwach, additional commissioner, MC, said, "We have just got the roster registers regarding the seniority of the officers from the social welfare department and we are hopeful of conducting the DPC this month."