Government of Punjab Regularization of Service Act 2018 – 27th April 2018
Government of Punjab Regularization of Service Act 2018
Government of Punjab Regularization of Service Act 2018 Details.
Government of Punjab passed the bill for all contract employees working in any department of Punjab.
This Bill is passed in Provincial assembly of Punjab.
The Official Copy of Bill is Available to Download.
This will be a great news for all contract employees including Punjab Education Department, Health Department, Agricultural Department, Police Department & All other Departments which lies under Govt of Punjab.
The Bill Details Are given below.
1. Short title, extent, application and commencement.- (1) This Act may be cited as the Punjab (Regularization of Service) Act 2018.
(2) It extends to whole of Province of the Punjab.
(3) Subject to the Act, it shall apply to all the persons employed on contract in a department immediately before the commencement of the Act.
(4) It shall come into force at once.
2. Definition.– (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:
(a) “Act” means the Punjab (Regularization of Service)
(b) “Commission” means Punjab Public Service Commission.
(c) “contract employee” means an eligible person
appointed on contract in a department immediately
before the commencement of the Act but does not
include a person appointed to a post in a project,
programme, project management unit, project
management office, time bound (one-time)
development activity or as work-charged employee
or an employee on daily wages;
(d) “department” means the department as defined in
the Punjab Government Rules of Business 2011 and
includes an attached department or a special
(e) “Government” means Government of the Punjab;
(f) “regularization” means the appointment of an
eligible contract employee on regular basis, with
immediate effect, in accordance with the Act; and
(g) “special pay package” means a special pay package,
otherwise than the basic pay scales and includes
Management Position Scales;
3. Regularization, etc.– (1) Notwithstanding the mode or manner
of appointment, or any deficiency or defect in the procedure or
anything contained in the Punjab Civil Servants Act 1974 (VIII of
1974), the rules framed thereunder or any recruitment policies, any
person appointed on contract, immediately before the commencement
of the Act, shall be deemed to have been validly appointed and such
appointment shall not be called in question.
Explanation.- The expression `appointed’ includes the
extension, from time to time, of the term of the contract.
(2) Subject to the Act, the contract employee who has
continuously been serving as such for a period not less than four years
on the commencement of the Act shall be eligible to be considered for
appointment on regular basis if:
(a) a regular vacancy allocated for initial recruitment is
available for regularization;
(b) he is qualified for the post;
(c) he has not been appointed on a special pay
(d) his performance during the period of contract has
remained satisfactory; and
(e) he does not opt to continue as contract employee.
4. Procedure for regularization.- (1) The case of a contract
employee appointed on the recommendations of the Commission shall
be submitted to the appointing authority for regularization without
reference to the Commission or the Scrutiny Committee.
(2) If the post falls within the purview of the Commission but
the contract employee was appointed otherwise than on the
recommendations of the Commission, the case shall be referred to the
Commission for recommendations.
(3) If the post is outside the purview of the Commission, the
case of a contract employee shall be placed before the Scrutiny
Committee constituted under the Act for recommendations.
5. Scrutiny Committees.- (1) The appointing authority shall
constitute one or more Scrutiny Committee for purposes of the Act.
(2) A Scrutiny Committee shall scrutinize the academic record
and other relevant documents of the contract employee and verify
that the contract employee is eligible and qualified for regularization.
(3) The Scrutiny Committee shall forward its recommendations
to the appointing authority.
6. Appointments.- (1) Subject to the Act and the fulfilment of the
conditions for regularization, the appointing authority shall:
(a) in a case covered under subsection (1) of section 4
of the Act regularize the service of the contract
employee with immediate effect; and
(b) in a case covered under subsection (2) or subsection
(3) of section 4 of the Act, regularize the service of
the contract employee if so recommended by the
Commission or, as the case may be, the Scrutiny
Committee with immediate effect.
(2) The service rendered by a contract employee shall not be
counted for pensionary benefits or for any other purpose whatsoever.
7. Termination of contract.- Notwithstanding anything contained
in any law or the terms and conditions of the contract, the contract of
a contract employee, who is not recommended for regularization by
the Commission or, as the case may be, the Scrutiny Committee, shall
be terminated forthwith.
8. Determination of seniority.– (1) A contract employee, who is
regularized, shall be placed at the bottom of the seniority list of the
respective cadre and shall rank junior to the other civil servants.
(2) The inter se seniority of the contract employees, on
regularization, shall be determined on the basis of their continuous
service on contract and if the date of such continuous service of two or
more contact employees is the same, the employee older in age shall
rank senior to the younger.
9. Pay fixation.– A contract employee, on regularization, shall be
allowed the initial stage of the respective pay scale and the
increments earned by him during the contract appointment shall be
converted into personal allowance but no other privilege allowed to a
contract employee shall be admissible.
10. Option for regularization.– A contract employee who does not
wish to be regularized shall furnish his option to the appointing
authority within sixty days from the commencement of the Act;
otherwise, he shall be deemed to have opted for regularization.
11. Legal framework.- A contract employee, regularized under
the Act, shall cease to be governed by the Contract Appointment
Policy 2004 and the terms and conditions of the contract and shall be
regulated under the Punjab Civil Servants Act, 1974 and the rules
12. Appeal or review.- (1) Subject to subsection (2), a contract
employee who is aggrieved by the final order of the appointing
authority under the Act may, except where the order has been made
by the Chief Minister, within thirty days from the date of
communication of the order, prefer an appeal through the concerned
department to the Appellate Committee constituted by the Chief
Minister by notification in the official Gazette.
(2) Where the final order has been passed by the Chief
Minister, the aggrieved contract employee may, within the period
mentioned in subsection (1), submit a review petition through the
concerned department to the Chief Minister.
(3) The decision taken under subsection (1) or, as the case
may be, subsection (2) shall be final.
13. Rules.- The Government may make rules for carrying out the
purposes of the Act.
14. Removal of difficulties.– If any difficulty arises in giving effect
to any provision of the Act, the Chief Minister may, within two years of
the commencement of the Act, make such order not inconsistent with
the provisions of the Act as may appear to him to be necessary for the
purpose of removing such difficulty.
15. Saving.– Notwithstanding anything in the Act, Government of
the Punjab, Services and General Administration Department
(Regulations Wing) Notification No.DS(O&M)(S&GAD)5-3/2013, dated
st March 2013 shall continue to apply to the employees mentioned
STATEMENT OF OBJECTS AND REASONS
The contract employees have been vehemently demanding the
regularization of their contractual appointments as was done in 2009
and 2013. The Government, in public interest, has decided to
regularize certain contract appointments with immediate effect subject
to the conditions mentioned herein. Hence, this Bill.