Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court pulled up the Education Department of Punjab and said that its working has been exposed in the matter of making recruitment of ETT teachers.
The Bench comprising Justices S S Saron and Lisa Gill, on Saturday expressed its deep anguish at the conduct of officials of education department. Justice Saron, speaking on behalf for the Bench, said that there was an Act of 2006 of the Punjab Legislature (Punjab Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes (Reservation in Services) Act, 2006.). The Section 7 of the said Act provides for de-reservation of SC vacancies in case of non-availability of eligible candidates and filling up the same from amongst general category candidates, and adjusting those vacancies during next recruitment process by carrying forward.
The court asked why the state government has kept a large number of such posts vacant despite provision for de-reservation. The Bench asked the Education Department to produce the files related to the recruitment process before the Bench during next hearing which is slated for coming Tuesday.Amicus Curiae advocate Tanu Bedi appraised the court of latest talks with Deepak Kumar, and stated that he is not ready to come down from the tower, unless he is given an appointment letter. She said that his health is deteriorating. Deepak has climbed atop the mobile tower.
Counsel for the Punjab government Additional Advocate General P P S Thethi stated before the Bench that out of total 6,505 posts of ETT Teachers, appointment letters have been issued to 5,022 candidates so far.As many as 4,447 appointees have joined till on Saturday. As many as 252 candidates, were issued appointment letters on Friday are included in this tally of 5,022 appointees.
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