stay on the recruitment of 5994 ETT teachers in Punjab


The Punjab-Haryana High Court has stayed the recruitment of 5994 posts of ETT teachers in Punjab. The Punjab government had promised on October 12, 2023 that it would not proceed with the recruitment while the petition was pending, but now the government has withdrawn this promise by filing the petition. Accepting this application, the High Court has now stayed the recruitment process.

While filing the petition, Parvinder Singh and others through advocate Vikas Chatrath told the High Court that the Punjab government had issued an advertisement for 5994 posts of ETT on 12 October 2022. The petitioners also applied as they fulfilled the eligibility criteria in the advertisement. On 28 October 2022, the Punjab Government had notified the Punjab Civil Service Rules. Accordingly, additional examination of Punjabi has been made mandatory for all government jobs of Group C.

No relaxation was given to the reserved category while issuing the notification. Thereafter, a rectification letter was issued on 1st December 2022, under which the advertisement issued on 12th October to fill 5994 posts of ETT was also implemented. The petitioner submitted that the application of this notification to any previously issued recruitment is totally wrong. In such a situation, order to cancel this qualification and also stop the recruitment process.

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The High Court said that the most important ground for challenging the recruitment in this petition is the change in the recruitment process after the publication of the advertisement. Due to this amendment, some people who were eligible earlier became ineligible later and there are also people who could not apply despite being eligible. Currently this recruitment is in final stage and the selected applicants are yet to be appointed.

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