LAHORE - The Punjab government has directed University of Health Sciences (UHS) and other autonomous institutions of the province to deal the matter of appointment of their employees according to their legal and statutory framework as per the notification issued by the government on October 14, 2009, regarding the regularisation of grade 1 to 15 contract employees in the province. In a letter issued by the Health Department, it was said in response to a summary regarding services of employees of the UHS, the chief minister had directed that the directions communicated vide Services and General Administration Departments Notification No DS(O&M)5-3/2004/Contract (MF) dated October 14, 2009 were not applicable to the employees of the UHS appointed under the statutes of the university or for that matter any other institution which was working as an autonomous body under its legal and statutory framework. Moreover, it had also been directed that since the provisions of notification of October 14 were only applicable on those contract employees who had been appointed under the provisions of Contract Appointment Policy-2004, therefore, its provisions were not applicable on the contract employees of UHS. Earlier, in February, on the request of UHS authorities, the Regulation Wing of S&GAD had clarified that the terms and conditions of UHS employees were to be determined by the university as provided under Section 4(xiii) of UHS Ordinance 2002. In case appointments were made under the provisions of rules/regulations/ statutes/laws of the university and not as per Contract Appointment Policy-2004, the university may proceed in accordance with its own ordinance/rules/regulations/ statutes and exercise its discretion provided therein, it said.