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Chandigarh: After a long wait of nearly 20 years, the seniority list of Punjab Civil Service (PCS) officers has been finally completed. Following this, as many as 18 PCS officers will be promoted to the rank of IAS cadre officers in 2011.
This will be probably for the first time that so many PCS officers will be elevated to the IAS cadre in a year.
The state government had recently issued a notification defining the final seniority list of PCS officers of 1989, 1991 and 1992 batches comprising about 75 officers.
Till date, a tentative seniority list was being followed by the state Personnel Department because 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 versus Government of Punjab.
“As there are 18 vacancies in the IAS to be filled from the state services quota, the state government has now sent names of 54 officers who are in the consideration zone to the UPSC,” said an senior PCS officer.
Prominent among those whose names have been sent are TPS Sidhu, CEO of PEDA, MS Sidhu, MD, PRTC and Gangandeep Singh Brar, Additional Principal Secretary to the CM.
Against the sanctioned strength of 284 PCS officers, the state currently has only about 150 officers. Recently, a preliminary examination was conducted by Punjab Public Service Commission for PCS and allied services.
A batch of 37 PCS officers is expected to be inducted after the final examinations. Another batch of 37 officers will be inducted through promotions from within different departments of the government.
Due to the infighting among Punjab Police Service (PPS) officers, about17 posts in the IPS are lying vacant for years now and are to be filled by promotion from PPS. The promotions are held up as many officers have moved court against each other. They can only be filled once the seniority list is finalised after the issues are settled in the courts.