Punjab Minister flips coin to decide on job posting

February 15, 2018 NATIONAL 146 Views

CHANDIGARH: A Punjab Minister flipped a coin to decide on posting a lecturer in a polytechnic institute. The episode has stirred a controversy, though the Minister told The Hindu that “the move was aimed at bringing transparency”.
Punjab Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi had on Monday invited 37 lecturers for giving them posting orders of their choice after an open discussion with them. All the candidates were recently selected through the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) examination and were to be posted in various institutes across the State.
While 35 lecturers amicably reached a consensus over the station of their choice, two candidates insisted on getting a posting at the same station in Patiala, which resulted in a deadlock.
To break the impasse, Mr. Channi decided to toss a coin, which he said, “was done after both the candidates had agreed to it [tossing]”. The Minister said, “My intention was absolutely clear. It was aimed at bringing transparency in government working, which was lacking in the previous regime of SAD-BJP.”
“I had invited all the candidates to amicably select a station of their choice, which would help in improving the standard of education. Thirty-five candidates were given the posting of their choice. Two candidates — one from Patiala and another from Nabha — couldn’t reach a consensus. They asked me to take a final call and opted to flip a coin to which I agreed,” said Mr. Channi.
He said an unnecessary controversy was being created about the entire episode. “In fact, it should be taken positively as the action has only showed transparency in the working of the Congress government,” he said.
The Minister alleged that during the previous Akali-BJP regime, candidates had to pay a huge sum of money to get a station of their choice. “But our government is completely transparent,” he added.
The Minister’s move was slammed by the Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP, which demanded his removal from the post.

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