Challenging the current hierarchy in the UT education department, the two subject experts of commerce and home science, SS Bedi and Anita Sharma, have asked director school education (DSE) Rubinderjit Singh Brar to include their names in the provisional gradation list of school and inspection cadre, which comprises assistant director, DEO, deputy DEO, principals and other officials.
They have asked the department to include their joining date as October 7, 1996, above adult education deputy director Jaswinder Kaur. If approved, their seniority would be higher than DEO Vinay Sood.
“We have made the request on the basis of the Punjab Rules, as Chandigarh follows the Punjab’s guidelines,” said SS Bedi, adding Punjab included three subject experts in the School and Inspection Cadre on the basis of their seniority in 1993.
The DSE has asked the other party — deputy DSE, DEO, deputy DEO, and principals — to submit objections by August 12.
“I will also call the principals for a personal hearing after they send their objections, if any. Then we’ll take a final call,” said Brar. DEO Vinay Sood said, “In their case, the seniority list was prepared in 2013. Why they are raising the issue now?”
A principal, requesting anonymity, said, “These subject experts were appointed against Class-3 posts, while the posts of principals are of Class 2. And the seniority is considered in case of Class 2 officials only.”
Sources say the seniority list can’t be challenged now owing to a significant delay.
As per the Union of India vs SS Uppal case, the SC held “the question of seniority has to be determined by the rules in force on the date of appointment in the service”. “We’ll submit a representation as this is unfair. We do a lot of school-level work, and are hired after due process. How can someone claim the seniority now?” questioned Harbir Anand, GMSSS-10 principal and the president of Government Schools’ Principals Association.