Punjab Public Service Commission has advertised the posts of Assistant BS-16 for appointment in the Lahore High court, Lahore and prescribed four papers syllabus as written test; including a paper of Service Rules. The paper is new of its type for the post of Assistant BS-16. It includes the Punjab Civil Servants (Appointment & Condition of Service) Rules, 1974.
Here we discuss the Punjab Government Servants (Conduct) Rules, 1966 with an effort to simplify what these rules are and their applications.
Punjab Government Servants (Conduct) Rules, 1966 were promulgated on 24.08.1974 and are applicable on all the Government Servants serving in the province of Punjab. It has total 23 Rules describing the procedure of appointments and allied matters. The main purpose of these rules is to streamline the appointments, promotions, seniority and other issues by generalizing the Rules. These Rules are main source of Service Rules framed in all the departments, attached departments, autonomous bodies, corporations, authorities etc.
Rule 1-2 describe the name of these rules, extent of promulgation, definitions etc.
Rule-3 provides methods of appointment; initial recruitment, promotions & transfers.
Rule-4 describes selection board, selection committee & commission for appointments, promotions & transfer.
Rule-5 bars the appointing authorities from rejecting the recommendations without reason to be recorded in writing, Chief Minister is exempted from this rule.
Rule-6 provides the appointing authorities with respect to Basic Scale:-
Chief Minister for posts in BS-19 & above.
Administrative Secretaries for posts in BS-16 to BS-18.
Respective Authorities as per service Rules for posts in BS-01 to BS-15.
Rule-7 provides the method for confirmation of services of a civil servant. A civil servant appointed on initial recruitment remains on probation for a period of two years which may be extended for another two years. After passing the period a civil servant is confirmed in service. If a civil servant is not confirmed after two years then the period of probation stands extended. If a civil servant is appointed through promotion to a post then the probation is one years. Rule-7A added in this rule provides the period for retention of a lien which is maximum upto three years. If a civil servant remains posted outside his cadre or department, he may lose the lien after three years.
Rule-8 is very important and is a base to determine the seniority of a civil servant. Seniority is assigned to a person in a cadre or grade from the regular date of appointment. If civil servants are appointed through initial appointment their seniority is the merit assigned to them by the selection committee or commission. If appointed otherwise (through promotion or transfer) then the person appointed in scale or cadre earlier shall rank senior.
Rule-10A Acting Charge Appointment; if post becomes vacant due to transfer, leave etc. and the incumbents have not completed the prescribed conditions of service rules i.e length of service training etc. then appointing authorities may appoint the senior most civil servant to post through Acting Charge appointment. No Departmental Promotion Committee meeting is required for it.
Rule-10B Current Charge Appointment; if a post is likely to remain vacant for less then one year, then the appointing authority may grant current charge to a civil servant who otherwise eligible for promotion. No Departmental Promotion Committee meeting is required for it.
Rule-11 Appointment by transfer; Posting to a post by transfer may only be made if the rule of the post allow the transfer.
Rule-12 Only those person may be appointed against posts if they possess the laid down qualification.
Rule-13 Officiating promotion; if a post becomes vacant due to leave, transfer outside cadre and cannot be filled on regular basis, then the senior most civil servant may be granted officiating promotion through the recommendations of Departmental promotion committee.
Rule-14 prescribes that a civil servant may only be promoted to a post if he meets the criteria and is eligible.
Rule-15 deals with deputation of a civil servant.
Rule-16 initial appointment is made through respective selection committee (Public Service commission for Posts in BS-16 & above and for other specified posts which fall under the purview of commission and remaining on the recommendations of selection committees.
Rule-17 No post shall be filled without the proper procedure i.e advertisement, test & interview.
Rule-17A If a civil servant dies during service, then his widow or one child may be offered a post as per qualification in class-IV and Junior Clerk category without adopting the Rule-17.
Rule-18 no appointment through initial appointment may be made if persons do not meet the criteria.
Rule-19 Civil servants may only be Pakistani.
Rule-20 Appointments may only be granted to persons having domicile of Punjab.
Rule-21 jobs may only be given to medically fit persons after provision of medical certificate.
Rule-21A A character certificate is mandatory for a person who is being appointed. No change in date of birth may be made. The date of birth recorded at the time of appointment cannot be altered. The appointment process should be completed within 190 days of recommendations.
Rule-21B Change of name by civil servants may only be accepted, if it is done in degrees and in record of NADRA.
Rule-22 Adhoc appointments may only be made for little period but after due process.
Rule-23 Chief Minister, Punjab may relax any rule.