A Punjab and Haryana high court bench on Tuesday vacated stay on the appointment of 506 junior engineers (JEs) in Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL).
Senior advocate Girish Agnihotri, who appeared for the selected candidates, said the process for recruitment of 506 JEs started in 2015 but in January 2016, just before appointments were to be made, the process was stayed by the high court on the petition of PSPCL employees. “Now, the high court has vacated the stay, thus paving the way for appointments against vacant posts,” he said.
Advocate Vijay Pal, who also appeared for selected candidates, said the employees had challenged the recruitment in October 2015 on the ground that it was being done against rules. An application for vacation of stay in appointments was filed in September 2016.
The court was informed that direct recruitment could be made for 60% vacancies and promottees quota is of 40%. The petitioners’ argued that in 2007, the direct recruitment quota was reduced to 25%. But it was a temporary move and in 2014, rules were amended whereby quota for direct recruits was again increased to 60%, Pal said, adding the case had been adjourned for January 2017.