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The Punjab Market Committees (Class IV) Service Rules, 1989



1. Short title and application -
(1) These rules may be called the Punjab Market Committee (Class IV) Service Rule 1989.
(2) They shall apply to all the posts specified in Appendix 'A'.

2. Definition -
In these rules unless the context otherwise requires ,-
(a) 'ACT ' means the Punjab Agricultural Produce Markets Act 1961( Punjab Act No. 23 of 1961);
(b) 'Appendix' means an appendix to these rules;
(c) 'Chairman' means the Chairman of the Committees;
(d) 'Direct Appointment'  means an appointment mad otherwise than by promotion or by transfer of a person already in the Service of the Board or Government of India or of a State Government;
(e) 'Government'  means the Government of the State of Punjab in the Agriculture wing of the Department of Agriculture and Forests;
(f) Recruiting Authority means a recruiting authority of a Committee consisting of the Chairman of the Committee as its President, District Mandi Officer or his nominee not below the rank of an Assistant District Mandi Officer as expert representative and two other representatives, one each out of the Scheduled Castes and Ex-Servicemen, to be nominated by the Committee from amongst it members :
    Provided that when there is a vacancy in the Office of the Chairman in terms of section 17 of the Act, the committee shall elect one of its members to act as President of the recruiting authority ;
    Provided further that when the Committee is under super session the officer appointed by the Government as it Administrator shall be the President of the recruiting authority and two other representatives to be nominated by the Secretary of the Scheduled Castes and Ex-servicemen, and
(j) Service means the Punjab State Agricultural Marketing Board (class IV) Service;

3. Number and character of post -
The Service of a Committee shall consist of separate cadres and each cadre shall comprise the posts committee wise as specified in Appendix 'A' :
    Provided that nothing in these rules shall effect the inherent right of the Board to add to or reduce the number of such posts or to create new posts with different designations and scales of pay either permanently or temporarily.
4. Nationality, Domicile and character of candidates appointed to service -
(1) No candidate shall be appointed to the service unless he is :-



1. Substituted vide Notification No. GSR 75/PA 23/61/S,43/Amd. (8)/96, dated 30/12/1996
(a) A citizen of India
(b) A citizen of Nepal; or
(c) A subject of Bhutan; or
(d) A Tibetan refugee who came over the January 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India; or
(e)  A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda and the East African countries of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawai, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India :
                  Provided that candidates belonging to any of the categories (b), (c), (d), (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been has been issued by the Government of Punjab in the Department of Home Affairs and Justice.
(2)  A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to an examination or interview conducted by the appointing authority on his furnishing proof that he has applied for the certificate but he shall not be appointed to the Service unless a certificate of eligibility is given to him by the Government of Punjab in Department of Home Affairs and Justice.
(3)  No person shall be recruited to the Service by direct appointment unless, he produces :-
(i)  A certificate of character from the Principal academic officer of the university college, school of institute last attended if any and similar certificates from two responsible person not  being his relatives, who are well acquainted with him in his private life and are unconnected with his university, college, school or institution :


(ii)  An affidavit to the effect that he has never convicted for ant criminal offence and that he was never dismissed or removed from service of any State Government, Government of India or any public sector undertaking; and
(iii)  His character and antecedents are found to be satisfactory by the District Magistrate concerned.

5. Age and Physical Fitness -
(1) No person shall be recruited to the service by direct appointment , if he is less than eighteen years of age or is more than thirty years of age on the first day of January of the year next preceding the last day of submission of applications fixed by the Committee, or unless he is within such range of minimum and maximum age limits as may be specified by the Government from time to time :
      Provided that the appointing authority may with the prior approval of the Board for reasons to be recorded in writing relax the upper age limit for a category of class of persons :
      Provided further that in case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and other Backward Classes, the upper age limit shall be such as may be fixed by the Government of Punjab from time to time.
Note :- For age limit in case of recruitment of Ex-Servicemen, the provisions of rule 6 of the Punjab Recruitment of Ex-service Rules, 1982 shall apply.
(2) (i) No person recruited to the Service by direct appointment shall be allowed to join the Service unless he, within the period to be specified by the appointing authority  has appeared for medical examination before the concerned Civil Surgeon or the Chief Medical Officer as the case may be and has been declared by the Civil Surgeon or the Chief Medical Officer as the case may be to be physically fir for the duties which he will have to perform as member of the service :
      Provided that a person appointed on purely temporary basis for a period not exceeding three months shall not be required to produce medical certificate before joining the Service.
(ii) The report of the Civil Surgeon or Chief Medical Officer in terms of Clause (i) shall be final.

6. Appointing Authority -
All appointments to the service shall be made by the Committee.

7. Disqualification -
(a) no person who has entered into or contracted a marriage with a person having a spouse ; or
(b) Who having a spouse living has entered into contracted a marriage with any person shall be appointed to the Service ;
      Provided that if the Secretary of the board is satisfied that such marriage is permissible under the personal law applicable to such person and the other party to the marriage and that there are other grounds or so doing, he may exempt any person from the operation of this rule.

8. Method of recruitment and qualifications
(1) Subject to the provisions of sub-rule (4) appointment to the service shall be made in the manner specified in Appendix 'B' ;
    Provided that no person shall be appointed on daily wages or on ad hoc basis.
(2) No person shall be appointed to a post in the service unless he possesses the qualifications and experience as specified against that post in  Appendix 'B';   
(3) The following percentage of posts in the Service shall be reserved for each method of appointment indicated for categories mentioned thereunder namely :-
(i) for members of the Scheduled Castes  ................... 25 per cent
(ii)  for members of the Backward Classes ................... 5  per cent
              9. Probation of persons appointed to service -
(1) Persons appointed to the Service shall remain on probation for a period of two years.
Provided that -
(a) Any period , after such appointment spent on deputation on a corresponding or  a higher post shall count towards the period of probation
(b) Any period of officiating appointment to the Service shall be recknoned as period spent on probation, but no person who has so officiated shall, on the completion of  the prescribed period of probation, be entitled to be confirmed unless he is appointed against a permanent vacancy; and
(d) Any period of leave not exceeding six months during or at the end of probation shall be counted towards the period of probation.
(2) If in the opinion of the appointing authority, the work or conduct of a person during the period of probation is not satisfactory, it may, If such person is recruited by direct appointment, dispense with his services or revert him to a post on which he held lien prior to the his appointment to the Service by direct appointment.
3)On the completion of the period of probation of a person the appointing authority may -
(a) if his work and conduct has in its opinion been satisfactory -
(i) Confirm such person from the date of his appointment if appointed against a permanent vacancy; or
(ii) Confirm such person from the date from which a permanent vacancy occurs if appointed against a temporary vacancy; or
(iii) Declare that he has completed his probation satisfactorily if there is no permanent vacancy; or
(b) If his work or conduct has not been in its opinion satisfactory dispense with his services
10. Seniority of member of service -
The seniority inter se of the members of the Service in each cadre of the Service shall be determined Committee-wise by the length of continuous service on a post in that cadre of the Service;
      Provided that in the case of members appointed by direct appointment who join within the period specified in the order of appointment or within such period as may be extended from time to time by the appointing authority subject to a maximum of four months from the date of order of appointment, the seniority based on the order of merit determined by the recruiting authority shall not be disturbed.
      Provided further that in case a candidate is permitted to join the service after the expiry of the said period of four months in consultation with the recruiting authority, his seniority shall be determined from the date he joins the Service:
    Provided further that in case a candidate of the next selection has joined the Service before the candidate referred to in the preceding proviso joins, the candidate so referred shall be placed below all the candidates of the next selection who join within the time specified in the first provison:       
Note :-   Seniority of the member of the Service who have been appointed on purely ad hoc or an daily wages before the commencement of these rules shall be determined as and when they are regularly appointed keeping in view the date of such regular appointment.

11. Liability of Serve -
A member of the Service shall be liable to serve at any place whether within or out of the State or Punjab on being ordered to do so by the appointing authority.

12. Leave, Pay and Other matters etc. -
(1) In respect of pay leave and other matters not expressly provided for in these rules the members of the Service shall be governed by the Punjab Civil Service Rules, as applicable to the employees of the State of Punjab from time to time.
(2)  In respect of Provident fund and gratuity, the members of the service shall be governed by the Punjab State Agricultural Marketing Board and Market Committee Employees Provident fund and Gratuity Rules, 1965 and the Punjab State Agricultural Marketing board and Market Committees, Employees Pension, Provident Fund and Gratuity rules 1987.

13. Pay of Members of Service -
The members of the Service shall be entitled to such scales of pay as may be authorised to the Board with the prior approval of the Government from time to time.  The scales of pay at present in force in respect of the members of the service are given in Appendix 'A'.

14. Discipline Penalties and Appeals -
In the matters of discipline punishment and appeal the members of the service shall be governed by the provisions of the Punjab State Agricultural Marketing Service (Punishment and Appeal) Rules, 1988.
(2)The authority empowered to impose penalties as specified in rule 5 of the Punjab State Agricultural Marketing Service (Punishment and Appeal) Rules, 1988 and the appellate authority there under in respect of members of the Service shall be as specified in Appendix 'C'.

15. Periodic Medical check up -
(i) Every member of the service shall be liable to undergo periodical medical examination and preventive or curative treatment as he may be required to undergo.
(ii) Every member of the Service shall be liable  at any stage of his service when directed by the appointing authority, to undergo medical examination by the concerned Civil Surgeon or the Chief Medical Officer, as the case may be and his contribution in service shall be subject to the fitness certificate given by the Civil Surgeon or the Chief Medical Officer to the satisfaction of the appointing authority.
(iii)In case any member of the service is not found fit to perform his duties , he shall be liable to be retired from service and shall be entitled to the same benefits as are admissible to employees of the Government of Punjab holding corresponding posts under the Punjab Civil Services Rules, Volume II on being retired on account of invalidity.


16. Vaccination and re-vaccination -
Every member of the Service shall get himself vaccinated or re-vaccinated when the appointing authority so directs by a general or special order.

17. Oath of allegiance -
Every member of the Service, unless he has already done so, shall be required to take oath of allegiance to India and to the Constitution of India as by law established.

18. Power to relax  -
Where the appointing authority is of the opinion that it is necessary or expedient so to do, it may, by order, for reasons to be recorded in writing and with the prior approval of the government, relax any of the provisions of these rules with respect to any class or category of persons :
 Provided that provisions relating to qualifications, and experience shall not be relaxed.

19. Interpretation -
If any question as to the interpretation of theses rules, the Government decide the same.

20. Saving Clause -
Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules appointments made to any post under a Committee prior to the commencement of these rules shall be deemed to have validity been made under rules and shall not be questioned on any ground, whatsoever.


APPENDIX 'A'
[See Rule 1(2), 2(h) and (1), 3 and 13]

Sr. No
Designation of the Post
Scale of pay in rupees (Un-revised)
1.
Peon
300-5-325/5-350/10-430
2.
Chowkidar
300-5-325/5-350/10-430

Sr. No.
Name of Market Committee
Number of Posts
Peon
Chowkidar
District Amritsar
1 Amritsar 9 4
2 Ajnala 2 2
3 Bhikhiwind 4 2
4 Chogwan 2 3
5 Chabhal 2 2
6 Gehri 3 4
7 Khemkaran 8 3
8 Khadoor Sahib 2 3
9 Mehta 2 2
10 Patti 2 2
11 Rayya 4 3
12 Tarn Taran 3 2
13 Majitha 2 2
14 Attari 2 -
15 Naushehra Pannan 2 2
District Bhatinda
16 Bhatinda 2 3
17 Mansa 4 1
18 Rampura Phul 6 7
19 Bhudhladha 4 2
20 Raman 4 2
21 Maur 3 2
22 Bareta 2 3
23 Bhucho 4 3
24 Goniana 3 1
25 Sardulgarh 3 1
26 Sangat 2 1
27 Bhagta Bhai ka 1 1
28 Bhikhi 3 1
29 Talwandi Sabo 1 -
District Faridkot
30 Nihalsinghwla 3 3
31 Muktsar 4 4
32 Moga 9 9
33 Malout 6 3
34 Kotakpura 4 4
35 Jaitu 3 3
36 Gidderbaha 4 1
37 Faridkot 4 7
38 Bariwala 2 4
39 Badhni Kalan 5 3
40 Bagha Purana 5 4
41 Ajitwal 2 2
District Ferozpur
42 Ferozepur City 6 3
43 Abhohar 6 6
44 Dhramkot 4 2
45 Fazilka 7 6
46 Mallan Wala 2 2
47 Makhu 2 2
48 Jalalabad 4 9
49 Guruharshai 3 2
50 Kot Ise Khan 2 3
51 Mamdot 2 1
52 Zira 2 4
53 Talwandi Sabo 4 3
54 Ferozepur Cantt 4 3
District Gurdaspur
55 Siri Hargobindpur 5 3
56 Quadian 1 1
57 Pathankot 3 2
58 Narot Jaimal Singh 2 1
59 Gurdaspur 4 2
60 Fatehgarh Churian 2 2
61 Dina Nagar 2 2
62 Dhariwal 3 2
63 Derababa Nanak 2 2
64 Batala 6 4
65 Kahuwan 3 -
66 Kalanaur 2 2
District Hoshiarpur
67 Balachaur 2 1
68 Dasuya 2 3
69 Garhshankar 4 1
70 Hoshiarpur 3 5
71 Mukerian 2 2
72 Tanda Urmar 3 2
District Kapurthala
73 Bholanath 2 1
74 Dhilwan 2 1
75 Kapurthala 4 3
76 Phagwara 4 5
77 Sultanpur Lodhi 3 2
District Jalandhar
78 Adampur 2 2
79 Banga 3 2
80 Goraya 2 1
81 Jalandhar City 8 6
82 Jalandhar Cantt 2 3
83 Lohian Khas 2 1
84 Nakodar 4 4
85 Nawanshahar 7 2
86 Nurmahal 1 1
87 Phillaur 2 2
88 Shahkot 2 2
89 Bhogpur 2 1
90 Bilga 2 2
District Ludhiana
91 Samrala 2 3
92 Ludhiana 3 5
93 Khamano 2 1
94 Khana 6 5
95 Jagraon 4 3
96 Mullanpur 4 2
97 Rajkot 4 1
98 Machiwara 1 3
99 Sahnewal 2 3
100 Maloud 2 3
101 Doraha 3 3
102 Sidhwan Bet 2 1
103 Quila Rajpur 2 2
104 Hathur 3 2
District Patiala
105 Patiala 9 -
106 Nabha 6 2
107 Samana 5 4
108 Patran 4 2
109 Sirhind 5 3
110 Amloh 3 2
111 Rajpura 2 2
112 Bassi Pathana 2 2
113 Banur 3 1
114 Dera Bassi 2 2
115 Ghanaur 5 -
116 Lalru 2 1
117 Bhadson 3 2
118 Dudhan Sadhan 3 1
119 Dakala 3 -
District Ropar
120 Anandpur Sahib 3 1
121 Chamkaur Sahib 2 2
122 Kharar 4 1
123 Kurali 4 2
124 Morinda 2 2
125 Ropar 5 2
District Sangrur
126 Barnala 3 1
127 Ahmadgarh 4 3
128 Sangrur 3 2
129 Malerkotla 5 2
130 Tapa 1 1
131 Lehragaga 2 2
132 Khanauri 3 1
133 Sunam 5 4
134 Mehal Kalan 2 1
135 Sularghart 2 2
136 Dhanaula 1 1
137 Amargarh 2 2
138 Bhawanigarh 4 3
139 Dhuri 5 1
140 Sherpur 2 1
141 Bhdaur 3 3
142 Cheema 2 2


APPENDIX 'B'
(See Rule 8)


Sr. No. Designation of the Post Method of recruitment 
Qualifications for recruitment
By direct Appointment By promotion  By transfer
1 Peon
By Direct Appointment
Should have passed Middle Standard examination with Punjabi as elective subject.
-
-
2 Chowidar
By Direct Appointment
Should have passed Middle Standard examination with Punjabi as elective subject.
-
-


APPENDIX 'C'
(See Rule 14)

S.No
Designation of the post
Nature of penalty
Authority empowered to impose penalty 
First Appellate Authority
Second Appellate Authority
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
1.
Peon
Minor Penalties(i) Censure; 

(ii) Withholding of his promotions; 
(iii) Recovery from his pay of the whole or part of any pecuniary loss caused by him to Board by negligence or breach of orders; 
(iv) Withholding of increments of pay; 
(v) Reduction to a lower stage in the time scale of pay for a specified period with further directions as to whether or not the Board employee will earn increments of pay during the period of such reduction and whether on the expiry of such period, the reduction will or will not have the effect of postponing the future increments on his pay;
(vi)Reduction to a lower time scale of pay grade, post or service which shall ordinarily be a bar to the promotion of the Board employee to the time scale of pay, grade post of service from which he was reduced with or without further directions regarding conditions of restoration to the grade or post or service from which the Board employee was reduced and his seniority and pay such restoration to that grade; post or service; 
(vii) Compulsory retirement 
(viii) Removal from service which shall not be a disqualification for future employment under the Board, Government semi- Government Departments; 

(ix) dismissal from service which shall ordinarily be a disqualification for future employment under the Board, Government, Semi Government Departments.

Committee
District Mandi Officer
Secretary of the Board
2.
Chowkidar