PUNJAB DISTRICT REVENUE OFFICERS (GROUP-A) SERVICE RULES, 2003

 

INDEX

 

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Rules

1.       

Short title, commencement and application

2.       

Definition

3.       

Number and character of posts

4.       

Appointing authority

5.       

Pay of members of the Service

6.       

Method of appointment, qualifications and experience

7.       

Discipline, punishment and appeal

8.       

Application of the Punjab Civil Services (General and Common Conditions of Service) Rules, 1994

9.       

Interpretation

10.   

Repeal and Saving

11.   

APPENDIX ‘A’

12.   

APPENDIX ‘B’

13.   

APPENDIX ‘C’

 

PUNJAB CIVIL SERVICES

(GENERAL AND COMMON CONDITIONS OF SERVICE) RULES, 1994

 

1.       

Short title, commencement and application

2.       

Definition

3.       

Nationality, domicile and character of person appointed to the Service

4.       

Disqualification

5.       

Age

6.       

Qualification

7.       

Probation

8.       

Seniority

9.       

Liability of members of Service to transfer

10.   

Liability to serve

11.   

Leave, Pension and other matters

12.   

Discipline, penalties and appeals

13.   

Liability for vaccination and re-vaccination

14.   

Oath of allegiance

15.   

Minimum educational and other Qualifications

16.   

Minimum educational and other qualifications for appointment to the post of Steno-typist Grade-II or Junior Scale Stenographer Grade-II

17.   

Knowledge of Punjabi Language

18.   

Promotion to Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ Services

19.   

Power to relax

20.   

Over riding effect

21.   

Interpretation

 

 

 

GOVERNMENT OF PUNJAB

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE AND REHABILITATION

 

NOTIFICATION

 

THE 12TH DECEMBER 2003

 

            No. G.S.R. 65/Const./Art. 309/2003.-In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution of India, and all other powers enabling him in this behalf, the Governor Punjab is pleased to make the following rules, regulating the recruitment and the conditions of Service of the persons appointed to the Punjab District Revenue Officers (Group-A) Service, namely:-

 

RULES

1.         Short title, commencement and application.- (1) These rules may be called the Punjab District Revenue Officers (Group-A) Service Rules, 2003.

(2)               They shall come into force on and with effect from the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

(3)               They shall apply to the posts specified in Appendix ‘A’.

 

2.         Definition.-In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a)                ‘Appendix’ means an Appendix appended to these rules;

(b)               ‘Government’ means the government of the State of Punjab in the Department of Revenue and Rehabilitation;

(c)                ‘Service’ means the Punjab District Revenue Officers (Group-A) Service; and

(d)               ‘Tehsildar’ means Tehsildar employed on revenue or settlement or any other work under the control of the Financial Commissioner revenue.

 

3.         Number and character of posts.-The Service shall comprise the posts specified in Appendix ‘A’:

Provided that nothing in these rules shall affect the inherent right of the Government to add or reduce the number of such posts or to create new posts with different designations and scales of pay, whether permanently or temporarily.

 

4.         Appointing authority.-Appointment to the Service shall be made by the Government.

 

5.         Pay of members of the Service.-The members of the Service shall be entitled to such scales of pay, as may be sanctioned by the Punjab Government from time to time. The scales of pay at present in force in respect of the members of the Service, are given in Appendix ‘A’.

 

6.         Method of appointment, qualifications and experience.-(1) Appointment to the service shall be made in the manner as specified in Appendix ‘B’:

Provided that if, no suitable candidate is available for appointment by promotion, then appointment to the Service shall be made by transfer of a person holding a similar or an identical post under a State Government or Government of India.

(2)               No person shall be appointed to a post in the Service unless he possesses the qualifications and experience as specified against that post in Appendix ‘B’.

(3)               Appointment to the service by promotion shall be made on the basis of seniority-cum-merit, but no person shall have any right to claim promotion on the basis of seniority alone.

 

7.         Discipline, punishment and appeal.-(1) In the matters of discipline, punishment and appeal, the members of the service shall be governed  by the Punjab Civil Services (Punishment and Appeal) Rules, 1970 as amended from time to time.

(2)               The authority empowered to impose any of the penalties specified in rule 5 of the Punjab Civil Services (Punishment and Appeal) Rules, 1970 in respect of the members of the Service, shall be the Government.

 

8.         Application of the Punjab Civil Services (General and Common Conditions of Service) Rules, 1994.-(1) In respect of the matters, which are not specifically provided in these rules, the members of Service shall be governed by the Punjab Civil Services (General and Common Conditions of Service) Rules, 1994, as amended from time to time.

(2)               The Punjab Civil Services (General and Common Conditions of service) Rules, 1994, at present in force, are contained in Appendix ‘C’.

 

9.         Interpretation.-If any question arises as to the interpretation of these rules, the Government shall decide the same.

 

10.       Repeal and Saving.-The Punjab District Revenue Officers (Class-I) Service Rules, 1983, in so far as these are applicable to the members of the Service, are hereby repealed:

            Provided that any order issued or any action taken under the rules so repealed, shall be deemed to have been issued or taken under the corresponding provisions of these rules.

 

APPENDIX ‘A’

[See Rules 1 (3), 3 and 5]

Number of posts

Designation of the post

Permanent

Temporary

Total

Scale of pay (in rupees)

1

2

3

4

5

District Revenue Officer

14

5

19

7220-220-8100-275-10300-340-11660

 

 

 

APPENDIX ‘B’

(See Rule 6)

Designation of the post

Percentage for appointment by promotion

Qualifications and experience for appointment by promotion

1

2

3

District Revenue Officer

Hundred percent

From amongst the Tehsildars, who have an experience of working as such for a minimum of eight years

 

 

APPENDIX ‘C’

(See rule 8)

 

 

GOVERNMENT OF PUNJAB

DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL

AND ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS

(PERSONNEL POLICIES BRANCH-I)

 

NOTIFICATION

The 4th May, 1994

            No. G.S.R.33/Const./Art.309/94.-In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution of India, and all other powers enabling in this behalf, the Governor of Punjab is pleased to make the following rules regulating the recruitment and general and common conditions of service of persons appointed to Group ‘A’, Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’ services in connection with the affairs of the State of Punjab, namely:-

 

1.         Short title, commencement and application-(1) These rules may be called the Punjab Civil Services (General and Common Conditions of Service) Rules, 1994.

(2)               They shall come into force at once.

(3)               They shall apply to all the posts in Group ‘A’, Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’ services in connection with the affairs of the State of Punjab.

 

2.         Definition.-In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires-

            (a)        “appointing authority” means an appointing authority specified as such in the Service Rules made under article 309 of the Constitution of India in respect of any service or Post in connection with the affairs of the State of Punjab.

(b)                                       “Board” means the Subordinate Service Selection Board, Punjab or any other authority constituted to perform its functions;

(c)                                       “Commissioner” means the Punjab Public Service Commission;

(d)                                       “direct appointment” means an appointment made otherwise than by promotion or by transfer of a person already in the service of Government of India or of a State Government;

(e)                                       “Government” means the Government of the State of Punjab in the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms;

(f)                                         “recognised university or institution” means,-

(i)         any university or institution incorporated by law in any of the State of     India; or

(ii)                any other university or institution, which is declared by the Government to be recognised university or institution for the purposes of these rules;

(g)        “Service” means any Group ‘A’ Service, Group ‘B’ Service and Group “C’ Service constituted in connection with the affairs of the state of Punjab as per scales given in the Appendix.

(h)        “Service Rules” means the service rules made under article 309 of the Constitution of India regulating the recruitment and conditions of service of persons appointed to any service or post in connection with the affairs of the State of Punjab; and

(i)         “War hero” means a defence services personnel, or a para-military forces personnel, who is a bona fie resident of Punjab State and is killed or discharged from the above service on account of disability suffered by him while fighting for defending the border of the country in Kargil sector of the State of Jammu and Kashmir or fighting for the country in any other sector or similar operation on or after the first day of January, 1999 which may be notified by the State Government as undertaken for preserving the unity and integrity of the motherland. However, in exceptional cases the cases of those war heroes can also be covered under this definition who though, not bona fide residents of  Punjab State, but are yet closely connected to the state of Punjab. In such exceptional cases, the express approval of the Department of Personnel will be mandatory.

 

3.         Nationality, domicile and character of person appointed to the Service.- (1) No person shall be appointed to the Service unless he is,-

(a)                a Citizen of India; or

(b)               a Citizen of Nepal; or

(c)                a Subject of Bhutan; or

(d)               a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the Ist day of January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India; or

(e)                a person of India origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India;

 

Provided that a person belonging to any of the categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been given by the Government of Punjab in the Department of Home Affairs and Justice.

            (2)        A person in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to an examination or interview conducted by the Commission or the Board, as the case may be, on his furnishing proof that he has applied for the certificate but he shall not be appointed to the service unless the necessary certificate is given to him by the Government of Punjab in the Department of Home Affairs and Justice.

(3)        No person shall be recruited to the service by direct appointment, unless he produced,-

(a)                                        a certificate of character from the principal academic officer of the university, college, school or institution last attended, if any, and similar certificate from two responsible persons not being his relatives, who are well acquainted with him in his private life and are unconnected with his university, college, school or institution; and

(b)                                       An affidavit to the effect that he was never convicted for any criminal offence involving moral turpitude and that he was never dismissed or removed from service or any State Government or of Government of India, or of any Public Sector Undertaking.

 

4.         Disqualification-No person:-

(a)                who has entered into or contracted a marriage with a person having spouse living; or

(b)               who, having a spouse living, has entered into or contracted a marriage with any person shall be eligible for appointment to the Service:

Provided that the Government, if satisfied that such marriage is permissible under the personal law applicable to such person and the other party to the marriage and that there are other grounds for so doing, exempt any person from the operation of this rule.

 

5.         Age.-(1) No person shall be recruited to the Service by direct appointment, if he is less than eighteen years or is more than thirty years of age in the case of non-technical posts and thirty-five years in the case of technical posts on the Ist day of January of the year immediately preceding the last date fixed for submission of applications by the Commission or the Board, as the case may be, or unless he is within such range of minimum and maximum age limits as may be specifically fixed by the Government from time to time:

Provided that where different lower and upper age limits have been specifically prescribed for posts in the Service Rules, these limits shall be made applicable for appointment to such posts:

Provided further that the upper age limit may be relaxed upto forty-five years in the case of persons already in the employment of the Punjab Government, other State Government or the Government of India.

Provided further that in the case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and other Backward Classes, the upper age limit shall be such as may be fixed by the Government from time to time.

            (2)        In the case of ex-servicemen, the upper age limit shall be as has been prescribed in the Punjab Recruitment of Ex-servicemen Rules, 1982, as amended from time to time.

(3)        In the case of appointment on compassionate grounds on priority basis, the upper age limit shall be such as may be specifically fixed by the Government from time to time.

(4)        In the case of appointment of a War-hero, who has been discharged from defence services or paramilitary forces on account of disability suffered by him or his widow or dependent member of his family, the upper age limit shall be such as may be specifically fixed by the Government from time to time.

 

6.         Qualification-Subject to the provisions of these rules, the number and character of posts, method of recruitment and educational qualifications and experience for appointment to a post or posts in a Service and the departmental examination if any, shall be such as may be specified in the Service Rules made for that Service

Provided that where appointment of Group ‘A’ or Group ‘B’ non-technical post is offered to a war-hero, who has been discharged from defence services or paramilitary forces on account of disability suffered by him or his widow or dependent member of his family, under the instructions issued in this behalf by the Government, the educational qualification to be possessed by such person shall be graduation from a recognised university. Such person who is offered Group ‘A’ or Group ‘B’ or Group ‘C’ non-technical post, shall not, however, be required to posses experience of technical or non-technical post at the time of his initial appointment.

 

7.         Probation.-(1) A person appointed to any post in the service shall remain on probation for a period of two years, if recruited by direct appointment and one year if appointed otherwise:

            Provide that.-

(a)                any period, after such appointment, spent on deputation on a corresponding or a higher post shall count towards the period of probation;

(b)               in any case of an appointment by transfer, any period of work on an equivalent or higher rank, prior to appointment to the Service, may in the discretion of the appointing authority, be allowed to count towards the period of probation;

(c)                any period of officiating appointment to the Service at the end of period of probation, shall be counted towards the period of probation.

(2)        If, in the opinion of the appointing authority, the work or conduct of a person during the period of probation is not satisfactory or he has failed to pass the departmental examination, if any, prescribed in Service Rules within a period not exceeding two and a half years from the date of appointment, it may,-

(a)                                        if such person is recruited by direct appointment dispense with his service, or revert him to a post on which he held lien prior to his appointment to the Service by direct appointment; and

(b)                                       if such person is appointed otherwise-

(i)         revert him to his former post; or

(ii)                 deal with him in such other manner as the terms and conditions of the previous appointment permit.

(3)        On the completion of the period of probation of a person, the appointing authority may-

(a)                                       if his work and conduct has in its opinion been satisfactory-

(i)                                                confirm such person, from the date of his appointment or from the date he completes his period of probation satisfactorily, if he is not already confirmed; or

(ii)                                               declare that he has completed his probation satisfactorily, if he is already confirmed; or

(b)       if his work or conduct has not been in its opinion, satisfactory or if he has failed to pass the departmental examination, if any, specified in the Service Rules-

(i)            dispense with his services, if appointed by direct appointment or if         appointed otherwise revert him to his former post, or deal with him in    such other manner as the terms and conditions of his previous       appointment may permit;

(ii)        extend his period of probation and thereafter pass such order as it could have passed on the expiry of the period of probation as specified in sub-rule (1):

Provided that the total period of probation including extension, if any, shall not exceed three years.

 

8.         Seniority.-The seniority inter se of persons appointed to posts in each cadre of a Service shall be determined by the length of continuous service on such post in that cadre of the Service.

Provided that in the case of persons recruited by direct appointment who join within the period specified in the order of appointment or within such period as may be extended from time to time by the appointing authority subject to a maximum of four months from the date of order of appointment the order of merit determined by the Commission or the Board, as the case may be, shall not be disturbed:

 

Provided further that in case a person is permitted to join the post after the expiry of the said period of four months in consultation with the Commission or the Board, as the case may be, his seniority shall be determined from the date he joins the post:

           

Provided further that in case any person of the next selection has joined a post in the cadre of the concerned Service before the person referred to in the preceding proviso joins, the person so referred shall be placed below all the persons of the next selection who join within the time specified in the first proviso:

(a)                a person appointed by direct appointment shall be senior to a person appointed otherwise;

(b)               a person appointed by promotion shall be senior to a person appointed by transfer;

(c)                in the case of persons appointed by promotion or transfer, the seniority shall be determined according to the seniority of such persons in the appointments from which they were promoted or transferred; and

(d)               in the case of persons appointed by transfer from different cadres their seniority shall be determined according to pay, preference being given to a persons who was drawing a higher rate of pay in his previous appointment; and if the rate of pay drawn are also the same, then by their length of service in these appointments and if the length of service is also the same, an older person shall be senior to a younger person.

Note:- Seniority of persons appointed on purely provisional basis or on ad hoc basis shall be determined as and when they are regularly appointed keeping in view the dates of such regular appointment.

 

9.         Liability of members of Service to transfer.-A member of a Service may be transferred to any post whether included in any other service or not, on the same terms and conditions as specified in rule 3.17 of the Punjab Civil Service Rules, Volume-I, Part-I.

 

10.       Liability to serve.-A member of Service shall be liable to serve at any place, whether within or out of the State of Punjab, on being ordered so to do by the appointing authority.

 

11.       Leave, Pension and other matters.-In respect of pay, leave, pension and all other matters not expressly provided for in these rules, a member of Service shall be governed by such rules and regulations as may have been or may hereafter be adopted or made by the competent authority.

 

12.       Discipline, penalties and appeals.-(1)  In the matter of discipline, punishment and appeals, a member of Service shall be governed by the Punjab Civil Services (Punishment and Appeal) Rules, 1970 as amended from time to time.

            (2)        The authority empowered to impose penalties specified in rule 5 of the Punjab Civil Services (Punishment and Appeal) Rules, 1970 and the appellate authority thereunder in respect of the Government employee shall be such as may be specified in the Service Rules.

 

13.       Liability for vaccination and re-vaccination.-Every member of a Service shall get himself vaccinated or re-vaccinated when Punjab Government so directs by a special or general order.

 

14.       Oath of allegiance.- Every member of a Service unless he has already done so, shall be required to take oath of allegiance to India and to the Constitution of India as by law established.

 

15.       Minimum educational and other Qualifications.-(1) No person shall be appointed by direct appointment to the post of Clerk under the Punjab Government unless he is Matriculate in Second Division or has passed Senior Secondary Part-II Examination from a recognised university or institution.

(2)        The person so appointed as Clerk in terms of sub-rule (1) shall have to qualify a test in Punjabi typewriting to be conducted by the Board or by the appointing authority at the speed of thirty words per minute within a period of one year from the date of his appointment.

 

(3)        In case, the person fails to qualify the said test within the period specified in sub-rule (2) shall be allowed annual increment only with effect from the date he qualifies such test, but he shall not be paid any arrears for the period, for which he could not qualify the said test:

Provided that where appointment of Group ‘C’ non-technical post is offered to a War Hero, who has been discharged from defence services or paramilitary forces on account of disability suffered by him or his widow or dependent member of his family, under the instructions issued in his behalf by the Government, the educational qualifications to be possessed by such person shall be Matriculate from a recognised university or institution. Such person will, however, be not required to qualify the test in Punjabi typewriting as specified in sub-rule (2).

 

16.       Minimum educational and other qualifications for appointment to the post of Steno-typist Grade-II or Junior Scale Stenographer Grade-II.-No person shall be appointed  by direct appointment to a post of a Steno-typist Grade-II, or a Junior Scale Stenographer Grade-II under the Punjab Government, unless he-

(a)                is Matriculate in Second Division or has passed Senior Secondary Part-II examination from a recognised university or institution; and

(b)               qualifies a test in Punjabi Stenography to be held by the Board or by the appointing authority at a speed to be specified by the Government from time to time.

 

17.       Knowledge of Punjabi Language.-No person shall be appointed to any post in any service by direct appointment unless he has passed Matriculation examination with Punjabi as one of the compulsory or elective subjects or any other equivalent examination in Punjab language, which may be specified by the Government from time to time:

Provided that where a person is appointed on compassionate grounds on priority basis under the instructions issued in this behalf by the Government from time to time, the person so appointed shall have to pass an examination of Punjabi Language equivalent to Matriculation standard or he shall have to qualify a test conducted by the Language Wing of the Department of Education of Punjab Government within a period of six months from the date of his appointment:

 

Provided further that where educational qualifications for a post in any service are lower than the Matriculation standard, then the person so appointed shall have to pass an examination of Punjabi Language equivalent to Middle standard:

 

Provided further that where a War Hero, who has been discharged from defence services or paramilitary forces on account of disability suffered by him or his widow or dependent member of his family, is appointed under the instructions issued in this behalf by the Government, the person so appointed will not be required to possess aforesaid knowledge of Punjabi Language:

 

Provided further that where a ward of Defence Service Personnel, who is a bona fide resident of Punjab State, is appointed by direct appointment, he shall have to pass an examination of Punjabi Language equivalent to matriculation Standard or he shall have to qualify a test conducted by the Language Wing of the Department of Education of Punjab Government within a period of two years from the date of his appointment.

 

18.       Promotion to Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ Services.-(1) (a) For promotion to the post as Head of Department would be decided strictly on the basis of merit-cum-seniority as per the instructions issued by the Government from time to time. The minimum benchmark for promotion for such post would be ‘Very Good’. The officer who is graded as  ‘Outstanding’ would supersede the officer grades as  ‘Very Good’.

            (b)        For promotion to post falling in Group ‘A’ other than Head of Department, the minimum benchmark will be ‘Very Good’ as per instructions issued by the Government from time to time. There shall be no supersession on the basis of merit.

            (c)        For promotion to post falling in Group ‘B’, the minimum benchmark will be ‘Good’ and there shall be no supersession on the basis of merit.

            (2)        Debarring for consideration for promotion of a Government Employee who refuses to accept promotion.-In the event of refusal to accept promotion by a member of a service, he shall be debarred by the appointing authority from consideration for promotion for all the consecutive chances which may occur in future within a period of two years from the date of such refusal to accept promotion:

Provided that in case where the appointing authority is satisfied that a member of a service has refused to accept promotion under the circumstances beyond his control, it may exempt such a member for reasons to be recorded, therefore in writing from the operation of this rule.

19.       Power to relax.-Where the Government is of the opinion that it is necessary to expedient so to do, it may by order, for reasons to be recorded in writing, relax any of the provisions of these rules with respect to any class or category or persons:

Provided that the provisions relating to educational qualifications and experience, if any shall not be relaxed.

20.       Over riding effect.-The provisions of these rules shall have effect notwithstanding anything contrary contained in any rules for the time being in force for regulating the recruitment and conditions of service for appointment to public service and posts in connection with the affairs of the State.

21.       Interpretation.-If any, question arises as to the interpretation of these rules, the Government shall decide the same.

                                                                                Sd/-A.S.Chatha

Chief Secretary to Government of Punjab

 

                                                                    Sd/-Gurbinder Chahal

                                                                       Financial Commissioner Revenue and

                                                                   Secretary to Government of Punjab

Department of Revenue and Rehabilitation.

 

 

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