The Punjab government informed the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday that it had decided to fill 1,925 posts of private-aided college lecturers in a phased manner in the next three years.
The submission was made during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation filed by Jagwant Singh of Chandigarh.
The reply filed by Roshan Sunkaria, principal secretary of the higher education department, Punjab, informed the court that the decision in this regard had been taken by the council of ministers at the meeting held on September 23. It was stated that 484 teaching posts each would be filled in the first and second years and the remaining 957 in the third year.
The court was informed that regarding the filling of 964 posts of non-teaching staff, the matter had been referred to the finance department for advice and thereafter it would be placed before the council of ministers for its approval. Subsequently, the process for filling these posts would start.
After going through the reply, the division bench comprising acting chief justice Ashutosh Mohunta and justice Anupinder Singh Grewal disposed of the petition, directing the state government to make all-out efforts to fill the vacant posts at the earliest.
The petitioner had sought quashing of the state government’s indefinite ban on filling sanctioned teaching and non-teaching posts in aided colleges. Since the state government would have to bear Rs 150 crore as the cost of filling the 1,925 posts, recruitment is being delayed, the petitioner had claimed.