Haryana frames new rules for state Civil Services

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Chandigarh, Feb 4 (UNI) Haryana Cabinet today approved the new service rules to be known as Haryana Civil Services (Executive Branch) Rules, 2008 which would come into force from the date of their publication in the official gazette.

The cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today gave its nod to the proposal which had been necessasitated because the state so far had been following the Punjab Civil Service (Executive Branch) Rules, 1930 since its inception in 1966 and its certain provisions had outlived their utility, an official release today.

Under the new rules, the strength and composition of the Haryana Civil Service (HCS) cadre will be determined by the Government from time to time and re-examined every three years.

The Chief Secretary shall maintain four registers of accepted candidates which included, Register A-1 of District Revenue Officers/Tahsildars, Register A-II of members of Group C service, Register B of persons accepted as candidates as a result of a competitive examination for the post of HCS (Executive Branch) and Register C of District Developlment and Panchayat Officers/Block Development and Panchayat Officers.

According to the new rules, in case of recruitment from Register A-I, now only District Revenue Officers and Tahsildars will be eligible. Now District Development and Panchayat Officers would also be eligible for appointment in the service from Register C as is the provision for appointment from Register A-I.

Now the government would not be able to change the essential qualifications, except age, for appointment from Register A-I, A-II and C. In case of appointment from register A-I, A-II and C, it has been decided to increase from five years to eight years the period of continuous government service as is the provision in case of promotion from HCS to IAS.

Now the employees of certain state public sector undertakings shall no more be eligible for appointment from Register A-II, for which a a graduate of a recognised Unitersity will be eligible.

The Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management shall, by a date to be determined by the Government, prepare a list of District Revenue Officers/Tahsildars not more than five times of the number of vacancies and submit the same for the consideration of a Committee with Chief Secretary as Chairman.

The name of a person, at least a graduate, has completed eight years continuous Government service and was less than 45 years and had a clean record, could be submitted.

The Committee would then prepare a list, equal to twice the number of vacancies persons considered suitable for being entered in Register A-I, which would be sent to the Commission for recommending, and thereafter the names of the most eligible persons selected shall be entered into the Register A-I.

In case of recommending authority, the Chief Secretary may make three recommendations followed by two recommendations by Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Managerment and one each by all remaining Heads of Departments from the eligible members of group C services in his or in offices subordinate to him, to a committe which would then send it to the Commission, which would finalise the name for II.

In case of Register B, the examination will be known as competitive examination for the post of HCS (Executive Branch).

It would be held at any place in the State for selection by competition with preliminary examination of 200 marks for screening candidates who should at least be graduates,and between 21 to 40 years of age, unless stated otherwise by the government.

The main written examination will carry 600 marks and personality test would be of 75 marks.

The total number of candidates to be admitted to the main written examinatioin shall be 15 times the number of advertised vacancies. Ex-servicemen and their dependants shall have to appear in all papers including optional subjects.

No candidate shall be called for the viva-voce test unless he attains at least 45 per cent marks in the aggregate of all the written papers and a score of minimum 33 per cent marks each in Hindi and English language, the compulsory papers.

The final selection shall be based on the merit list.

A Government servant, who is holding an appointment for at least four years either in a substantive or officiating ( excluding ad-hoc) capacity under the Haryana Government or the Hight Court or any court, subordinate thereto, shall be eligible to appear in the examination aand could submit his application in the prescribed form through the Head of his office to the Commission, an official release said here today.


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