January 09, 2018 05:12 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Punjab and Haryana directs States of Punjab and Haryana to ensure that advertisements for recruitment issued by Selection Bodies refer to Recruitment Rules, and their source on official websites:

A division Bench of the High Court comprising Justices Rajesh Bindal and B.S. Walia today issued directions to the Chief Secretaries of States of Punjab and Haryana to ensure that Selecting Bodies in their States should mention the recruitment rules under which the advertised posts are to be filled up, and should also mention the website on which those recruitment rules are available.

The aforesaid directions were issued by the HC Bench, after LPAs filed by certain unsuccessful candidates for the post of Panchayat Secretaries in the Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats, Punjab, were dismissed by the HC Bench, but before parting with the said order, when the Counsel for the appellants brought to the notice of the HC Bench that he is often coming across such cases where the Selection Commissions do not mention the recruitment rules in advertisements issued by them, with the result that the candidates submit their applications, on the basis of eligibility qualifications mentioned in the advertisement, but their candidature is eventually dismissed for the reason that they do not possess the qualifications prescribed in terms of recruitment rules. That leads to litigation.

In the case before the LPA Bench, the facts were that the appellants had submitted their applications for 800 posts of Panchayat Secretaries in response to an advertisement published by the Subordinate Service Selection Board, Punjab, and they participated in the recruitment process, but eventually at the end of recruitment process, their candidature was found to have been rejected on the ground that they did not possess the qualifications prescribed under The Punjab Panchayat Secretaries (Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2013. They filed writ petitions, which were dismissed by Single Judge Bench on the ground that they did not possess the qualifications as prescribed in the rules. They filed their appeals, which were dismissed by the LPA Bench this morning. 


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