The Punjab and Haryana high court has stayed a recent circular issued by the Punjab Mandi Board whereby the latter had apprised its junior engineers (JEs) that it will be withdrawing the assured career progression (ACP) scheme announced in 2006.
The decision came from the high court bench of justice GS Sandhawalia on a petition filed by Punjab Mandi Board employees.
The petitioners’ counsel said they (petitioners) were granted the benefit of assured career progression scheme on the completion of four, nine and 14 years of service from November 1, 2006, as per the state government’s policy.
However, the same was ordered to be withdrawn by the board in December 2011 on the government’s advice. Later, the matter was taken up in the high court and reached the Supreme Court which decided in the favour of JEs in September last year.
But the board came out with a fresh circular in November stating that it was withdrawing the benefit to JEs.
The high court has sought the board’s response by May 20.