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HC notice to edu dept over abolition of 435 posts due to financial trouble

June 19, 2020 07:31 AM


HC notice to edu dept over abolition of 435 posts due to financial trouble
‘Edu Secy Rushed The Agenda’


Punjab and Haryana high court, on Thursday, issued notice to the education department and school education board, Mohali on a plea filed by the employees association against abolition of 435 posts and stoppage of special allowance.

Justice Arun Monga of the HC issued the notices on a petition filed by the PSEB employees association and 28 employees of various cadres against abolition of 435 posts and stoppage of special allowance in terms of a resolution dated May 15 passed by the board of directors.

The petitioners alleged that the agenda for restructuring of the board was suddenly brought about as “table agenda” in the board meeting held on May

15. They said it was not circulated to any of the members who participated in the said meeting through video conferencing. Therefore, members did not get an opportunity to go through the agenda before passing it. Petitioners alleged that 435 posts, including a large number of promotional posts, were abolished by the board citing financial problems. However, in the same resolution dated May 15, it has been noticed that the government owes Rs 334 crore to the board.

“Had the government repaid that amount to the board, it would have been in huge profit. Thus, the very ground for abolishing posts is false. They have also pleaded that promotional posts cannot be abolished even if lying vacant, in view of policy instructions dated June 6, 2019 issued by the government to all departments. The promotional avenues have thus been taken away from a large number of employees,” the petitioners have submitted. They also stated that the Board has also illegally withdrawn special allowance of a substantial number of employees through impugned resolution and the said allowance has been deducted from salaries of employees during the first week of June 2020, without issuing any show cause notice.

The petitioners alleged that the education secretary rushed with the agenda as he only has additional charge of post of board chairman, which would have been withdrawn from him very soon, as applications have already been invited by the government for appointment of a new chairman of the board

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