LAHORE: As the Punjab Management Service (PMS) employees have started filing writ petitions against the extended deputation of officials of federal government in the province, the chief minister has restricted the period of such deputation to only three years as is provided in the rules, reported a private news agency.
The copy of a notification issued by the provincial services and general administration department (S&GAD) that the decision has been taken on a summary initiated by its services wing.
The summary sought the chief minister’s approval to relax Rule 15 (1) of the Punjab Civil Servants (Appointment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1974 in order to take up the matter with the establishment division for extending the period of deputation of a federal government official.
The chief minister has, in response, declared that all administrative departments shall make pro-active efforts to build their capacity with the available officers in the Punjab government who are either employee of the province or placed in it against cadre posts.
Meanwhile, the S&GAD, in view of the instructions, has told all other departments that no case or request for an extension in deputation period through relaxation of rules would be entertained in future, asking them to follow the chief minister’s orders in letter and spirit.
Over 100 officials of various federal departments are reportedly working in Punjab on deputation. And the PMS has started filing writ petitions against around 20 of them who are working against administrative posts after repeatedly getting extensions in their deputation period despite belonging to Pakistan Administrative Service groups like the postal service.