Section 4 of the Punjab Civil Servants Act, 1974 provides that appointments to a civil service of the province or to a civil post in connection with the affairs of the province shall be made in the prescribed manner.
Punjab Civil Servants Legal Position of Appointment
Rule 3(1) of the Punjab Civil Servants (Appointment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1974 provides that appointment to posts shall be made by promotion, transfer or initial recruitment, as may be prescribed.
Rule 17 of the Punjab Civil Servants (Appointment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1974 requires that initial recruitment (either on regular or contract) against all posts in BS-1 and above shall be made on merit after advertisement of vacancies in newspapers.
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The above provisions of the Act and the rules do not specify that initial recruitment/appointments should be made on regular or contract basis. Therefore, appointments to posts reserved for initial recruitment can be made either on contract or regular basis, as per discretion and requirement of the Government.