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HC stays Punjab govt's decision of terminating services of PR officers

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 08, 2014
First Published: 12:51 IST(8/5/2014) | Last Updated: 22:41 IST(8/5/2014)

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday stayed Punjab government's May 5 decision of terminating services of 6 APROs, demotion of 2 DPROs and appointment of 6 new APROs.

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The Punjab government had on Tuesday terminated services of Balwinder Kaur, Kuljit Mianpuri and Baljinder Singh posted at Chandigarh, Hardeep Singh at Patiala, Avtar Singh at Jalandhar and Gurpartap Kairon at Jalandhar and also decided to induct Megha Mann, Gagmeet Singh Aujala, Parmeet Singh, Balwinder Kumar, Bhupesh Chatha and Puneet Pal Singh Gill in place of the terminated officers.

The Punjab and Haryana high court had on January 31 set aside the selection of nine information and public relations of ficers (IPROs), made by the Punjab government in July 2011.

Bathinda DPRO Jag deep Singh Gill and DPRO Subeg Singh posted at Chandigarh were demoted to the APRO rank. APROs Narender Pal Singh and Amandeep Singh were promoted as DPROs.

The selection of nine candidates, namely Navdeep Singh, Sher Jung Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Jagdeep Singh Gill, Amrik Singh, Prabhdeep Singh, Manvinder Singh, Haaquam Singh and Subeg Singh was challenged. Three separate petitions were filed by Kultar Singh, Parminder Singh and Shaheen P Parshad, challenging the selection.

The posts were advertised by the government in September 2009. The written test was conducted in July 2010 and the interviews were held in December 2010. The selections were finalised in July 2011.

The court had, earlier, set aside the selection on the ground that when the advertisement was issued in September 2009, there was no criteria of granting five additional marks to candidates who had passed their middle and matriculation examinations from schools located in rural areas. But the said criteria was approved by the chief minister in October 2010, subsequent to the completion of the written examination.

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