Punjab

Five PCS officers fail departmental exams in 5 attempts, 1 resigns; Doesn’t it raise questions on PCS selection process?

Government rules make it mandatory for the PCS officers to clear three departmental examinations in order to get promoted

The Hush Post: In what raises serious questions over the core competence and qualifications of administrative officers of the Punjab government, five Punjab Civil Services (PSC) officers have failed to clear the mandatory departmental examination and that too after five attempts.

While one of these officers, Amrinder Singh Tiwana, who was posted as the SDM at Bhawanigarh in Sangrur district, tendered his resignation on Friday citing ‘personal resons’, the four others- Latif Ahmed, Pritpal Singh, Ram Singh and Subhash Chander Khatak face the axe. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is soon expected to take appropriate action against these officers.

Government rules make it mandatory for the PCS officers to clear three departmental examinations in order to get promoted.  In case the officers fail to clear the exams, the government can either sack the officers or even demote them.

Earlier, former state chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal had recommended sacking of the PCS officers for failing to clear the exam thrice. However, granting mercy, the new state government had allowed the PCS officers two more attempts. The officers availed the last chance in February but failed to clear the exam.

Sources say that the process had already begun to terminate Tiwana and Ahmed, while reversion of Pritpal Singh, Subhash Chander Khatak and Ram Singh were under consideration. However, Tiwana tendered his resignation on Friday before any action could be taken against him.

Tiwana had got the appointment as a PCS officer in September 2014 and holds a BA degree. He was to superannuate in 2032. Ahmed Latif is presently posted as SDM Mansa and holds the additional charge as CEO of Waqf Board. Tiwana and Ahmed are direct recruit PCS officers. The other three officers were appointed to PCS on the basis of merit-cum-seniority from various state government departments.

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