*The Punjab State Agricultural Marketing Board(Class IV) Service Rules, 1988




1. Short title and appointment -
(1) These rules may be called the Punjab State Agricultural Marketing Board (class IV)See Amendment2 Service Rules, 1988.
(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 Board;
(d) 'Direct Appointment' means an appointment made 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) 'Education Board' means the Punjab School Education Board establishment under Punjab School Education Board Act, 1969;
(f) 'Form' means a form appended to these rules;
(g) 'Government' means the Government of the State of Punjab in the Agriculture wing of the Department of Agriculture and Forests;
(h) 'Recruiting Authority' means a Committee to be constituted by the Board with the prior approval of the Government with
1[Secretary of the Board] See Amendment as Chairman and such other members as may be specified by it from time to time for the purposes of making direct appointment to the service;

* The rules were published in Punjab Govt. Gazatte (Extra.) dated 25-1988 vide Notification No. 11(4)-M1-88/9104
1. Substituted vide Notification No. G.S.R. 78/P.A. 23/61/S. 43/Amd. (4)/96 dated 30-12-1996.
2. Substituted vide Notification No. G.S.R. 24/P.A. 23/1961/S. 43/Amd. (7)/2015, dated 08-04-2015.


(i) 'Service' means the Punjab State Agricultural Marketing Board (class IV) Service;
3. Number and character of post -
The service shall comprise the post specified in Appendix 'A':
   Provided that nothing in these rule 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 categories and designations and scales of pay either permanently or temporarily with the prior approval of the Government.
4. Nationality, Domicile and character of candidates appointed to service -

(1) No candidate shall be appointed to the service unless he is:-
(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 institute.
(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 1[secretary of the Board] See Amendment.

1. Substituted vide Notification No. GSR 78/PA 23/61/S,43/Amd. (4)/96, dated 30/12/1996


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 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), appointments to the service shall be made in the manner specified in Appendix 'B' ;
    Provided that if no suitable candidates is available for appointment by promotion to a post in the Service, such posts shall be filled in by direct appointment or by transfer, as the appointing authority may decide in this behalf.
(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) All appointments by promotion to the service shall be made by selection on the basis of seniority-cum-merit and no person shall be entitled to claim promotion on the basis of seniority alone.
(4) The Percentage of reservation of posts in the service for the members of the schedule casts and Backward classes and in the case of sportsmen, handicapped persons, Freedom fighters or any other category of persons shall be such percentage as may, from time to time, be specified by the Government of Punjab for the corresponding posts in the Service under it.
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) In the case of appointment by transfer, any period of work in equivalent or higher rank, prior to appointment to the Service may in the discretion of the appointing authority be allowed to count towards the period of the probation;
(c ) 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 or if has failed to pass the prescribed departmental examination within a period of exceeding two years from date of appointment, it may -
(a) 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 his appointment to the Service by direct appointment, and
(b) If such person is recruited otherwise -
(i) revert from to his former post ; or
(ii) deal with him in such other manner as the terms and conditions of his previous appointment permit.
(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 :-
(i) dispense with his services, if appointed by direct appointment or is appointed oterhwise revert him to his formor post, or deal with him in such other manner as the terms and conditions of his previous appointment may permit; or
(ii) extend his period of probation and thereafter pass such orders as it could have passed on the expiry of the period of probation specified in sub-rule (i);
        Provided that the total period of probation, including extension if any, shall not exceed three years.
10. Seniority of member of service -
The seniority interse of the members of the service in each cadre shall be determined 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 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 joins within the time specified in the first proviso -
    Provided further that in the case of two members appointed on the same date their seniority shall be determined as follows :-
(a) A member recruited by direct appointment shall be senior to a member recruited otherwise ;
(b) A member appointer by promotion shall be senior to member appointed by transfer;
(c)In the case of members appointed by promotion or transfer seniority shall be determined according to the seniority of such members in the appointments from which they were promoted or transferred ; and
(d) In case of members appointed by transfer from different cadres their seniority shall be determined according to pay preference being given to a member who was drawing a higher rate of pay in his previous appointment and if the rates of pay drawn are also the same then by their length of service in those appointments and if the length of such service is also the same and older member shall be senior to a younger member.

Note :- Seniority of members of the Service appointed on purely provisional basis or on daily wages 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 -
(1) 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 -
(a) 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.
(b) 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.
(c)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 Board 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), 3 and 13]

Sr. No. Designation of Post Number of Posts Scale of Pay (In Rs.)
1 Daftri 3 300-5-325/5-350/10-430 Rs.20/- Special Pay
2 Jamadar 2 300-5-325/5-350/10-430
3 Chowkidar 60 300-5-325/5-350/10-430
4 Peon/ Library Attendant 224 300-5-325/5-350/10-430
5 Peon-cum-Chowkidar 34 300-5-325/5-350/10-430
6 Sweeper 62 300-5-325/5-350/10-430
7 Head Mali 3 300-5-325/5-350/10-430
8 HelperSee Amendment* 8 300-5-325/5-350/10-430
9 BeldarSee Amendment** 2 300-5-325/5-350/10-430
10 Ferro KhalasiSee Amendment** 9 300-5-325/5-350/10-430

*Substituted vide Notification No. G.S.R. 24/P.A. 23/1961/S. 43/Amd. (7)/2015, dated 08-04-2015.
**Omitted vide Notification No. G.S.R. 24/P.A. 23/1961/S. 43/Amd. (7)/2015, dated 08-04-2015.




APPENDIX 'B'
(See Rule 8)

Sr. No. Designation of Post Method of Recruitment Qualification for Recruitment by
Direct Recruitment Promotion Transfer
1 Daftri By promotion   From amongst the peons working in Board who have an experience of working as such for a minimum period of five years.  
2 Jamadar By promotion    
3 Chowkidar By Direct Appointment Should  possess knowledge of reading and writing of Punjabi Language.    
4 Peon/ Library Attendant (ii) By  Direct appointment or
(ii) By transfer
Should have passed Middle Standard examination with Punjabi as elective subject. Should have passed Middle Standard Examination with Punjabi Elective subject. From amongst the person holding identical or similar posts under the Govt. Of Punjab and who possess the qualification specified for dire appointment and who have an experience of working as such for a minimum period of five years.
5 Peon-cum-Chowkidar By Direct Appointment Should have passed Middle standard Examination with Punjabi as elective Subject.    
6 Sweeper By Direct Appointment Should have possess knowledge of reading and writing Punjabi  language.    
7 Head Mali By Direct Appointment Should an experience of working as Mali in a Govt. Semi Dept. or a reputed private firm for a minimum period of five years.      
8 Helper By Direct Appointment Should have passed Middle standard Examination with Punjabi as elective Subject.    
9 Beldar By Direct Appointment Should have possess knowledge of reading and writing Punjabi  language.    
10 Ferro Khalasi By Direct Appointment Should have passed Middle standard Examination with Punjabi as elective Subject.    





APPENDIX 'C'
(See Rule 15)

Sr. No. Designation of the Post Nature of Penalty Authority empowered to Impose Penalty Appellate Authority
1 Daftri

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;Major Penalties:
(v) reduction to 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 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 reduce, 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 on such restoration to that grade; post or Service
(vii) Compulsory retirement;
(viii) removal from service which shall not be disqualification for future employment under the Board, Government, semi Government Departments:
(ix) dismissal from service which shall ordinary be a disqualification for future employment under the Board, Government, and semi Government Departments.

1[Secretary of Board] See Amendment Government
2 Jamadar
3 Chowkidar
4 Peon/ Library Attendant
5 Peon-cum-Chowkidar
6 Sweeper
7 Head Mali
8 Helper
9 Beldar
10 Ferro Khalasi