LAHORE -

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday granted stay order against holding meetings of Provincial Selection Board (PSB) in a writ petition filed by ex-PSS officers over the disputed promotion ratio of 3: 7 vis-a-vis ex-PCS officers.

The court has re-fixed the case in the second week of May besides directing the Chief Secretary to file para-wise comments before the next date of hearing.

Annoyed at former Punjab chief secretary Nasir Mehmood Khosa’s decision over promotion share, the former Punjab Secretariat Service (ex-PSS) officers including Section Officer (Accounts) Muhammad Sajid Bashir, Section Officer (Cabinet-II) Tariq Masood, Section Officer (E-I) Muhammad Zubair, Section Officer (P-II) Muhammad Majid Iqbal, Section Officer (Aviation Flight) Tariq Mehmood, Section Officer (Coord), Syed Muhammad Raza, Deputy Secretary Planning Touqeer Haider Kazmi, Deputy Secretary, CM Secretariat Mohsin Abbas Shakir have moved to the high court against the order issued by the CS that was issued after the top officer left for Islamabad on the appointment of new Chief Secretary.

The Province of the Punjab through Secretary Services and General Administration Department, government of the Punjab through CS and Additional Chief Secretary were the respondents. The petitioners moved to the court when the CS allegedly acted against the law by issuing a verdict that did not fall under his competency rather the Chief Minister.

A high-powered Committee consisting of Secretaries having been constituted by the Chief Secretary in order to thrash out and to arrive at the solution of the promotion ratio of 7 : 3 between dying cadres of ex-PCS & ex-PSS respectively fixed in the Punjab Provincial Management Service Rules, 2004. The CS gave direction to the Committee to submit its recommendations for onward transmission of the same to the Chief Minister. But, the CS failed to do what he was required by law to do in not forwarding equally divided opinion of the Committee to the Chief Minister Punjab for appropriate decision in the matter.

Secretary (Regulations) S&GAD was of the opinion that according to the sanctioned strength of ex-PCS & ex-PSS, duly verified by the Finance Department immediately before the promulgation of PMS Rules, 2004, the ratio ought to have been fixed as 6 : 4 as envisaged under the Policy Instructions (Regulations Wing of S & GAD Letter No. SOR-II (S & GAD) 2-54/76 dated 25-09-1980). The existing ratio of 7 : 3 was unfair rather harsh and had adversely affected the promotion prospects of ex-PSS Officers.

Secretary Law and Parliamentary Affairs, while supporting the views of Secretary Regulations added that with due deference the two erstwhile Presidents had no mandate from the members of the cadres and no lawful authority to have agreed to the arrangement in derogation of the General Instructions and to the clear detriment of ex-PSS group. While, the other two members of the Committee including Secretary Services and Secretary Social Welfare, however, were of the view that the existing formula needed no change.

Notice to PPSC

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday issued notice to Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) in a petition filed by a candidate for the post of Information Officer.

The Court issued the notice and sought parawise comments from the PPSC.

Syed Imtiaz ul Hassan, Article Writer of DGPR, through his counsel Mian Nasim Ahmad Advocate filed the petition against the PPSC for not recommending him for appointment. The counsel submitted after passing the written test the petitioner appeared in the interview for 15 posts of IO. He pointed out the PPSC recommended 12 candidates against open merit posts and one candidate against disabled quota post but kept vacant 2 posts. The petitioner made several requests to the PPSC for provision of details about his marks in written test and interview, his position in merit list and status of the 2 remaining posts, the counsel added.