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Punjab Cabinet okays creation of Civilian Support Staff Posts for Investigation Bureau, restructuring of PEDA

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Chandigarh, June 18, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
In a bid to improve the efficacy of investigation and overall policing, the Punjab Cabinet on Friday approved the creation of 798 posts of Civilian Support Staff (Specialised Support Staff) in the Punjab Bureau of Investigation.

The posts will be filled in a revenue neutral manner, with no additional financial implication, by abolishing 915 posts of Constables.

The move is aimed at further enhancing the investigation function through its effective separation from law & order, an official spokesperson disclosed after a virtual cabinet meet, chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. The cabinet has authorized the Chief Minister to frame the necessary rules for the restructuring exercise.

The newly created posts will include 157 posts in the Legal Services (120 Assistant Legal Officers, 28 Legal Officers, 8 Legal Advisors and 1 Chief Legal Advisor), 242 in Forensic Services (150 Assistant Forensics Officer, 60 Forensics Officer, 31 Senior Forensics Supervisor and 1 Chief Forensics Officer), 301 in Information Technology Services (214 Information Technology Assistant Software, 53 Information Technology Officer, 33 Computer/Digital Forensics Officer and 1 Chief Information Technology Officer) and Financial Services comprising 70 posts of Assistant Financial Investigator, 27 posts of Financial Officer and 1 post of Chief Financial Officer.

The Cabinet also gave the nod to fill 29 vacant posts as part of the restructuring of Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA). These include 15 posts of Manager, five each of Assistant Manager and Clerk cum Data Entry Operators (To be taken from Central Pool), Two Assistant Manager (Accounts), one each of Programmer and Assistant Manager (Public Relations). All the posts of Group D have been abolished and declared as dying cadre, with further recruitment to be done on outsourcing basis.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet also gave approval to fill 21 vacant posts in the Department of Chief Electrical Inspector against 38 posts surrendered as a part of its restructuring process. The posts to be filled up comprise 6 each of Assistant Electrical Inspector, Line Superintendent and Clerk besides three steno-typists.

Besides, all the posts of Group D are abolished and declared as dying cadre with further recruitment to be done on outsourcing basis. The surrendered posts include 15 Line Superintendents, 13 Assistant Electrical Inspector, Three Clerks, Steno-Typists and Executive Engineers (Two each) and Draftsman, Driver and Sweeper (One each).

Meanwhile, the Cabinet approved the annual administrative reports of the Cooperation department for the year 2018-19, Labour for 2017-18, School Education for 2018-19, along with Social Security and Women & Child Development and Water Resources for 2019-20.

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