DERA GHAZI KHAN

The Punjab Ombudsman has directed the Dera Ghazi Khan EDO (education) in a decision to revise the selection list and re-determine the interview and selection marks purely on merit, and not on the basis of "favouritism on the part of the interview committee or the EDO".

The Punjab Ombudsman also remarked that fresh merit be determined according to the court observations keeping in view the academic qualification and interview which should be on fair and equitable basis but not as in the present case where Muhammad Ejaz, alleged blue-eyed person of the EDO, is the only candidate who has secured maximum marks in the interview; whereas, the rest of interviewees were deprived of reasonable marks.

As per detail, Allah Diwaya, a disabled person of Chah Jamal Wala, DG Khan, had lodged a complaint in the court that he had applied for the post of Class-IV as Chowkidar in Education Department DG Khan.

The post was lying in Government Girls Elementary School Basti Nazar, near his home. He was interviewed but an individual, not belonging to the village where the school, was appointed as Chowkidar against the merit.

Allah Diwaya claimed that he was interviewed for the post on the basis of disability and he was never informed about preparation of merit list.

It is second judgment of court in a month regarding exposition of malpractice and violation of merit policy of Punjab Government in the appointments by Education Department DG Khan. The court has been already exposed malpractice and dishonesty of EDO Education in the case of another complainant Mudassir Mahdi of Taunsa Sharif.

The EDO Education DG Khan has refused to abide by the orders of the court of Punjab Ombudsman regarding appointment of Mudassir as Educator (Science Math, BPS-09), a source said. Mudassir said that he was called by Superintendent of EDO Education Office for implementation of court order, but when he reached the office, the EDO refused to obey the court order and adopted a very rude behaviour.

He criticised the Punjab government that its public officers have become more powerful than the court. The government should stop the claims of provision of justice to people, he said.