HC tells govt to decide on vacant posts in 3 months

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April 6, 2012 | NEWS | Post by: admin

Chandigarh, April 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has set a three-month deadline for Punjab to take a decision on filling vacant posts in municipal committees, corporations and improvement trusts in the state.

The direction came on a petition filed by Bharat Bhushan against the State of Punjab and another respondent. In his petition placed before a Division Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Mahesh Grover, Bhushan had sought directions to “the State to fill all vacant posts in the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, especially the posts of section officers and junior engineers.”

Direction was also sought for creation of other posts in the engineering wings of the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana. Along with the writ petition, the petitioner had enclosed copies of the communications exchanged between the corporation and the state authorities, indicating the precise number of vacant posts in different cadres.

Responding to the petition, the Director, Department of Local Government, filed a short affidavit dated January 31 which said the director, vide letter dated January 20, had asked the Deputy Director, Local Government, Punjab, to submit a report on posts required to be filled after seeking necessary information from all municipal committees, Corporations and improvement trusts.

Referring to the affidavit, the Bench observed: “It has been further stated that the Deputy Director, Local Government, Punjab, has in turn issued letters to the municipal committees, corporations and improvement trusts on January 23 asking for the requisite information”.

At a hearing, Punjab Additional Advocate-

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