The Punjab Cabinet, led by Captain Amarinder Singh, on Friday gave the go-ahead for the appointment of Gursher Singh as the Excise and Taxation Inspector on compassionate grounds, in one-time relaxation without the case being treated as a precedent.
Notably, Gursher Singh is the son-in-law of Punjab state Cabinet Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar.
Chairing the VC meeting of the Cabinet, Captain Amarinder Singh noted that Gursher’s father, Bhupjit, had played a major role in blowing the whistle in the Ravi Sidhu PPSC scam to clean up the Punjab Public Service Commission.
Bhupjit Singh, who was posted as the Excise and Taxation Officer in the Excise and Taxation Department, had died on September 28, 2011. At that time, his son Gursher Singh had just completed his graduation in commerce. As per the office records, Jasbir Kaur, wife of the late Bhupjit Singh, vide her application dated June 26, 2020, (8 years after her husband’s death) had requested for employment in favour of her son Gursher Singh.
As per the government policy dated November 21, 2002, and amendment vide letter dated December 28, 2005, the heirs of the deceased employee/officer have to apply for employment within one year from the date of death. The policy also clarifies that if there is a genuine cause for delay, the application of the candidate can be considered up to a delay of five years after obtaining special approval from the Personnel Department, citing reasons of the delay in detail.
Also, Gursher Singh’s qualification is Bachelor of Commerce, which is beneficial for the post of the Excise and Tax Inspector. Given, the qualification of the candidate and the contribution made by Bhupjit Singh, the applicant was considered for the post , and the Cabinet decided to make an exceptional on special grounds.