[AI] Visually Impaired appointed Vice Principal of Jail School
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Wed Jul 1 20:55:10 PDT 2015
Tribune News Service
Patiala, July 1
A visually impaired officer has been appointed the vice-principal at
the Punjab jail training school, Patiala, in an alleged violation of
the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA).
Eyebrows were raised on Amarjit Singh’s appointment, ordered by the
Home Department on June 30, as many other “eligible” officials were
allegedly ignored in the recruitment process.
A few months ago when he was posted as the Deputy Superintendent at
the Ferozepur jail, he was assigned “active duty” as the in charge of
a factory in the jail. Sources said the “active duty” assigned to him
was a violation of ESMA. “It will be difficult for a visually impaired
officer to impart arms training and explain jail duties to newly
recruited officers. Though we are not against him, there is no
provision under ESMA for appointing such an officer to a key post in
the department,” said officers in the jail department.
The state Jail Department has promoted Amarjit Singh (51) to the
Deputy Superintendent, Jails, on March 31. He neither passed the
departmental examination nor did he reportedly appear before the
Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) for elevation to the post of
The medical examination of the officer by a medical board on April 6
— a day after Amarjit’s elevation — found that he was “permanently
visually handicapped and his disability was 100%”.
“The Additional DGP (jails) office recommended him. Before I ordered
his appointment on June 30, his file went to Punjab Jails Minister
Sohan Singh Thandal. They must have given it a thought before raising
his name,” Principal Secretary Home (Jails) Sanjay Kumar said. Amarjit
Singh said he was fit enough to work at the post.
(Deepak Kumar Singla)
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