December 17, 2016 5:17:16 am
TAKING UP a petition filed by Ashwani Chawla, journalist of a vernacular newspaper, alleging discrimination in allotment of government accommodation to the accredited journalists in Chandigarh, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday put the Punjab government on notice. The petitioner submitted before the court headed by Justice P B Bajanthri that the Punjab government had issued a notification on August 17 last year whereby applications were sought from the eligible press correspondents for the allotment of government houses.
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The court was informed that the authorities concerned amended the rules of allotment without amending the gazette notification and as per the new policy, the applications for allotment shall be considered in order of its receiving date and time. However, the Punjab Government Houses (General Pool) Allotment Rules 1983 say that the priority shall be given to the candidate having higher emoluments and in case emoluments are similar then the length of service and in case length is same, the person older in age shall be considered on a priority basis.
The court was informed that though the petitioner was senior on the waiting list, by changing the policy, other journalists having political influence who were junior to him on the seniority list have been allotted accommodation.
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