Approved: Job quota for women in Punjab civil services and more…

Approved: Job quota for women in Punjab civil services and more…

Also approved higher pay scale to PCS officers in 13 years

Chandigarh: Punjab government has decided 33% reservation for women under direct recruitment in the state civil services.

The state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday approved the Punjab Civil Services (Reservation of Posts for Women) Rules, 2020, to provide such reservation for women for direct recruitment to posts in the government, as well as recruitment to boards and corporations in Group A, B, C and D posts.

Also okays amendment to civil secretariat rules

In order to effectively pursue court cases/legal matters in a timely manner, the Punjab Cabinet has also approved amendment to the Punjab Civil Secretariat (State Services Class-III) Rules, 1976, for the creation of Clerk (Legal) cadre for recruitment of Legal Clerks in the Punjab Civil Secretariat.

This will be done by taking 100 posts out of the general Clerk Cadre, thus ensuring that there is no financial implication, according to an official spokesperson.

Currently, the state government has few employees with knowledge of legal and judicial proceedings, and educational qualifications necessary to handle court cases filed against the Government in accordance with the constitutional provisions, legal rules and instructions.

The Cabinet also gave the go-ahead to increase the quota reserved for promotion to Clerk Cadre from Class IV or Class III (whose scale of pay is less than that of clerk) from current 15% to 18%.

This has been done as the number of vacancies reserved for promotion quota for Class IV or Class III (whose scale of pay is less than that of clerk) employees to clerk cadre will decrease as posts sanctioned for clerk cadre will reduce.

There is, however, no provision to promote Class IV or Class III (whose scale of pay is less than that of clerk) employees to the post of Legal Clerk.

PCS (Executive Branch) officers to now get higher pay scale in 13 years

In another decision, the Cabinet approved placement of all officers working in the PCS (Executive Branch) cadre in the higher pay scale 37400-67000+8700 (grade pay) on completion of 13 years of service instead of 14 years of service, in compliance with the instructions issued by Personnel Department on April 4, 2000 and as per the conditions laid down in the subsequent amendments issued from time to time.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet also gave the nod to revoke the order dated July 8, 2003 with effect from December 6, 2008 regarding placement of PCS (Executive Branch) officers working against the first 90 posts of PCS cadre in the higher pay scale of 14300-18600 on completion of 12 years of service.

Certain annual administrative reports approved

The Punjab Cabinet has, meanwhile, also approved the Annual Administrative Reports of the Horticulture and Labour Department for the year 2018-19.

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