To enhance the efficiencies of the Rural Development and Panchayats Department, the Punjab Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on Thursday decided to raise the minimum qualification for gram sewaks from matric to graduation. It has okayed amendment to the Rural Development and Panchayats Department (Class-III) Service Rules, 1988, according to an official spokesperson.
A decision to this effect was taken at a Punjab Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh through videoconferencing. Following the Cabinet’s nod, the Punjab Department of Rural Development and Panchayats (Class-III) Service (First Amendment) Rules, 2021 will notify amendment to the rules, thus paving the way for fresh recruitment of 792 gram sewaks to be conducted by the SSS Board.
Notably, the duties of panchayat secretary and gram sewaks in the Rural Development and Panchayats Department are of similar nature, but the minimum educational qualification in direct recruitment of panchayat secretary is graduation, whereas in case of gram sewaks, the educational qualification has so far been matriculation.
In another decision, the Cabinet okayed the continuation of the services of service providers (497 veterinary pharmacists and 498 class IV/safai sewaks), already working on contract basis, as a stop-gap arrangement for a period of two years, ie from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2022.
To bring parity and ensure coordination in the functioning of the District Bureau of Employment Enterprises (DBEEs) and the District Programme Management Units (DPMUs), the Cabinet gave approval to amend notification No. 9/33/2019-1ET/1530612/1 dated July 24, 2019 to replace the words “Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) and ADC (D)’ with Additional Deputy Commissioner-cum-CEO DBEE”.
The Punjab Cabinet also approved annual administrative reports of the Employment Generation and Training Department for 2018-19, 2019-20, and of the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department for four years viz. 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.