LAHORE - The Provincial Selection Board-I has cleared 29 officers of various departments for promotion to next grades, while out of these seven have been promoted to Grade-20, while the rest to Grade-19. The PSB-I meeting was held here at the Civil Secretariat on Wednesday to consider the promotion cases of 188 officers - 74 from Grade-19 to 20 and 114 from Grade-18 to 19. However, not all the cases could be presented to the Board due to divergent reasons. Seeing the pendency of the cases, it was decided that the PSB-I will be meeting once every week during the coming month of August, while from October this year, the Board will be meeting once every month to clear the backlog. According to a source, not even a single case of the Communication and Works Department was considered for promotion, as the Department had not prepared the cases. Now the Department will present its officers' promotion cases during the meeting to be held on the first Thursday of August. Secondly, the promotion cases of the Health Department were not also considered because its Secretary Anwar Ahmed Khan is on leave. The meeting, while taking serious notice of the incomplete Annual Confidential Reports, decided to initiate disciplinary proceedings against those officers, who will not complete the ACRs of their subordinates by the 15th of August. As per rules, the ACRs should be completed by the end of January every year, but it is a rarity these instructions are met by the concerned officers. Resultantly, a huge backlog has been created over a period of time, while this incomplete-ACR anomaly impedes promotions of hundred of officers. So far, there is not even a single instance when any officer has been punished for not completing the ACRs of his subordinates. It is expected that the Services and General Administration Department will be issuing a directive in this regard on Thursday (today) to the departments for completing the ACRs prior to the deadline of August 15. The S&GAD is said to be carrying out extensive exercise for outlining comprehensive criterion for the promotions of officers as well. It was the second meeting of the PSB-I chaired by Chief Secretary Punjab Javed Mahmood, which was attended by the concerned administrative secretaries of various departments. According to details, five Associate professors of the Higher Educational Department have been promoted as Professors in grade-20, while one officer of the Food Department as Director General in Grade-20, and an Associate Professor of the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority has been promoted in grade-20 as Professor. Among those promoted to Grade-19, two Research Officers are of the Livestock and Dairy Development who have been promoted as Additional Directors, four Superintendent Engineers of the Irrigation Department as Chief Engineers, four Executive Engineers as Superintending Engineers, eight officers of the Agriculture department as Director and three Deputy Directors of the Information, Culture and Youth Affairs Department, who have been promoted in grade-19 as Director Public Relations. This meeting proved to be a comparative success considering its previous and 'first acquaintance' on May 23 with the incumbent Chief Secretary Punjab, when not even a single case was considered for promotion due to the reason that it was figured out that the pre-requisites were not actualised, and the details provided for the promotions were pretty sketchy. After a lashing out at the administrative secretaries by the CS, however, a detailed directive was issued to all of them for preparing the promotion files as per the promotion policy and by actualising all the rules and regulations, which had not been materialised in totality even after two months. In Wednesday's meetings, for promotions from Grade-19 to 20, five cases of TEVTA, six of the Information, Culture and Youth Affairs Department, 19 of the Irrigation and Power Department, four of the Livestock and Dairy Department, two of the Excise and Taxation Department and 11 of the Higher Education Department were considered. Moreover, for promotions from Grade 18 to 19, three of the Housing and Planning Department, one of the Forest, Fisheries and Wildlife Department, 44 (plus 3 proforma promotions) of the Irrigation and Power Department and one proforma promotion of the Higher Education Department were considered, but not approved for promotion. However, for promotion to Grade-20, 12 of the Communication and Works Department and 15 of the Health Department, and 59 (plus 3 proforma promotions) of the C&W Department for promotion to Grade-19, were not presented. The Chief Secretary has directed the administrative heads of all the departments to send the promotion cases of the officers of their respective departments immediately to the Board. Moreover, Javed Mehmood had constituted a committee, headed by Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Javaid Aslam, for submitting recommendations to the Board regarding promotions, after reviewing all the existing rules and regulations.