Draft bill for appointments in AG office also cleared
Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: Punjab cabinet today paved way for the removal of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) PSPCL chairman cum Managing Director K.D.Chaudhary who was given extension till further orders by prebvious SAD-BJP government even after the Chairman crossed the age of 65.
The cabinet headed by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has decided to appoint a IAS officer with previous experience on the post.
As per the Cabinet decision, the PSPCL CMD would now be an IAS officer, in the rank of Principal Secretary or above, having prior experience of working in the Power sector. Concurrently, the Cabinet has also amended the terms and conditions with respect to qualifications and experience for the said post, adding the streams of civil engineering, electronics and communication engineering, instrumentation engineering and information technology to the existing basic qualifications. In addition, the experience of Central Electricity Authority (CEA) would also be considered for the post of CMD.
As part of the Captain Amarinder Singh government’s administrative reforms agenda, the Punjab Cabinet approved the introduction of a draft bill to streamline appointments and bring transparency into the functioning of the office of the Advocate General.
The 'Punjab Law Officers (Engagement) Act, 2017' Bill will be tabled for enactment in the current session of the Vidhan Sabha, an official spokesperson disclosed after the second meeting of the state cabinet, held at the CMO here at the Punjab Civil Secretariat.
Giving details of the proposed legislation, the spokesperson said it was aimed at putting in place an efficacious mechanism for the engagement of law officers in the Advocate General’s office purely on the merit, as per the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and the High Court.
The enactment of the legislation will bring in greater transparency, fairness and objectivity in the appointments of senior additional advocate general, additional advocate general, senior deputy advocate general, deputy advocate general, assistant advocate general and advocate on record, the spokesperson added.
In another decision, the Cabinet decided to engage the services of Inspector General of Police (Retd.) Mr. Khubi Ram as Security Advisor to the Chief Minister in the rank of Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), with entitlement to equivalent status, pay, perks, privileges and allowances, as admissible in such case.