The relentless efforts to pass the appointment of an IPS operative as chairman of the Punjab Civil Service Commission (PPSC) in the last days of Capt Amarinder Singh’s chief ministry appear to have failed with the opposition leader Harpal Singh Cheema insisting that no meeting had taken place for the selection of the candidate.
Sources say that of the three names under consideration for the post, the name of BK Uppal, the chief director of the State Vigilance Bureau, was first. The other two candidates were Lt. Gen. IS Ghuman (retd), a former commander of the Army Central Command, and JS Powar, a former director general of the National Academy of Audits and Accounts.
We learn that frantic efforts have been made to move the file forward by clearing Uppal’s name as PPSC chairman, but this has not been able to bear fruit and the Leader of the Opposition has failed. recorded his assent or dissent on the case. Uppal is an officer in the class of 1991 and is expected to retire on May 31, 2022. He is considered to be close to former CM Capt Amarinder’s former adviser, BIS Chahal.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Cheema said he did not sign any dossier regarding the selection of the PPSC chairman because no meeting had taken place. â€œI get calls from students and young people in the state who want to know why there is a delay in the nomination of the president because so many positions need to be filled. However, no meeting has taken place for the selection of the president to date and I have not been informed either, â€Cheema said.
When contacted, Uppal said he had no information about the selection process. “I have no comment to make,” he said.
Former PPSC chairman Lt. Gen. Surinder Singh (retired) stepped down in July this year after completing his term. While the term of office is six years, the person holding the office must resign at the age of 62.
The Vigilance Office had been in the limelight earlier this year when a case was prepared on Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife and several of his associates by SSP (Vigilance) Parampal Singh over alleged irregularities. It happened after Sidhu started to clash with Amarinder Singh over broken promises made in the run-up to the 2017 parliamentary elections.
More recently, in August, the State Vigilance Office arrested former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini in a land fraud case and held him in custody overnight before the High Court of the Punjab and the Haryana does not release him on bail.