In a significant development, the Union Public Service Commission Friday cleared the names of 18 Punjab Civil Service (PCS) officers, including four women officers, to be inducted into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) against the vacancies determined by the Union government.
A decision to this effect was taken in a high level meeting of the UPSC and a team of senior officers from Punjab including Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh, Principal Secretary (Tourism) Geetika Kalha and Secretary, Personnel, Anirudh Tewari. It may be recalled that the issue had been hanging fire for long due to pending court cases over seniority and some other administrative hurdles.
Prominent among those who have been elevated to the IAS include Gagandeep Singh Brar presently posted as Special Principal Secretary to Punjab Chief Minister, D S Mangat (Director, Public Relations), Manvesh Singh Sidhu (Special Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister), Tejinder Singh Sidhu (Chief Executive Officer of Punjab Energy Development Agency) and P S Shergill (Managing Director of Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (Punsup) and president of Punjab Civil Service Officers Association).
Sources said that now the UPSC will send the list to the state government, which will then clear the file and return it back to the UPSC.
The Commission will then forward it to the Union Department of Personnel and Training for notification.
The state government had last year issued a notification defining the final seniority list of PCS officers of 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992 batches comprising nearly 75 officers. A few months back, a tentative seniority list was being followed by the state personnel department as several cases relating to seniority were pending in the courts.
This seniority list has now been finalised under the “rota quota system” after the Supreme Court’s judgment in the case of Arvinder Singh Bains vs Punjab government.
“As there were 18 vacancies in the IAS to be filled from the state services quota, the Punjab government had forwarded to the UPSC names of 54 officers who are in the consideration zone,” a senior officer said.
Meanwhile, after the UPSC recently recommended promotion of 18 Punjab Police Service (PPS) officers to the IPS, the Punjab government on Thursday forwarded the concerned file to the Commission after giving nod for their promotions.