Appointments under Rule 17-A of the Punjab Civil Servant Rules 1974

Government of the Punjab, Services & General Administration Department (Regulation Wing) has issued the official Notification letter in connection with appointments under Rule 17-A of the Punjab Civil Servant (Appointment & Conditions of Service) Rules, 1974 on regular basis – implementation of LHC’s Judgement dated 20-9-2019.


Appointments under Rule 17-A of the Punjab Civil Servant Rules 1974


In case of a civil servant who dies while in service or is declared invalidated / incapacitated for further service, one of his unemployed children or widow / wife is to be employed under Rule 17-A of the Punjab Civil Servants (Appointment & Conditions of Service) Rules, 1974, which enunciates as under:-

i). Given 10 additional marks in the aggregate by the Punjab Public Service Commission or by the relevant Selection Board or Committee provided he/she qualifies in the test / examination and / or interview for posts BS-6 and above.

ii). Provided a job against posts in BS-1 to BS-11 in the department/office in which the deceased government servant was working, without observance of formalities prescribed under the rules / procedure, provided such child or the widow / wife is otherwise eligible for the post.

The issue regarding admissibility of benefit of job under Rule 17-A of the rules ibid on regular basis remained under litigation in courts of law. The Hon’able Lahore High Court, Lahore while allowing writ Petition No. 51484/2019, has directed the Government as under;

to regularize of all the employees who were appointed granting the benefits of rule 17-A of the Punjab Civil Servants (Appointment & Conditions of Service) Rules, 1974, forthwith irrespective, whether they have completed three / four years service or not as their contract employment after 2009 was unlawful obviously, they had to be appointed o regular basis. It is also directed that in future, all the appointments under Rule 17-A ibid shall made on regular basis.

Accordingly, the Chief Minister , Punjab has been pleased to approve that the order of Hon’able Lahore High Court, Lahore dated 20-9-2019 may be implemented and a circular letter in this regard may be issued to all concerned for compliance. The above instructions may kindly be implemented in letter & spirit.

Appointments under Rule 17-A of the Punjab Civil Servant Rules, 1974

Civil Servant Rules, 1974

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