Punjab Cabinet agrees to hire retired patwaris under contract against 1,766 regular positions

Tribune press service

Chandigarh, May 18

The State Cabinet, led by CM Bhagwant Mann, decided on Wednesday to hire retired patwaris/kanungos on contract basis from 1,766 regular positions to improve the efficiency of the functioning of the Revenue Department.

The decision follows recent protests by tax officials, affecting work in the department. The decision has long been contested by serving personnel. “We understand that the government is making interim arrangements until the approximately 1,000 previously recruited patwaris join the service after their posting. But apart from taking the services of patwaris on retirement, he should also have decided to recruit more staff for the remaining 2,000 positions,” said Mohan Singh Bhedpura, Punjab representative at the All-India Kanungo Association.

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The Council of Ministers gave its ex post facto agreement to fill these positions on a contractual basis for an initial period of one year in rural areas (outside urban/semi-urban). The official statement said that the decision had been taken to keep the Revenue Department running smoothly until the regular recruitment of patwaris was done, which was in progress.

In the meantime, the Cabinet has also approved the replacement of the existing appointed market committees. The government will promptly appoint administrators for the implementation of its policies and programs, who will perform the official duties and exercise the powers of the market committees for a period of one year or until appointed. At present, the chairman, vice chairman and members have been appointed to various state market committees. These are political appointments and from now on, former members of the ruling party held these positions.

The Cabinet also decided to increase the rates of cash in lieu of land and cash awards by 40% to Distinguished Services Award winners. Cash instead of land rates have been improved for winners of Sarvotam Yudh Seva Medal from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.80 lakh, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.40 lakh, the Yudh Seva Medal from Rs 50,000 to Rs 70,000, Sena / Nao Sena / Vayu Sena Medal (D) from Rs 30,000 to Rs 42,000, Mention-in-Dispatches (D) from Rs 15,000 to Rs 21,000 and Param Vishisht Seva medal winners from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.80 lakh.

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