CHITRAL: Representatives of patwaris working in the revenue department of Lower Chitral have said they would hold a protest sit-in outside the DC office if five vacant posts of patwaris were filled through test and interview by advertising the posts in newspapers.
Speaking at a press conference, Anjuman Patwarian and Qanungoyian president Qadir Aman said patwari is a technical post different from other government jobs and its hiring procedure was defined in the land record manual. Under this procedure, if a post of a patwari falls vacant at the tehsil level it is filled by interviewing the staff already working in the department.
But instead of following the procedure, the DC Lower Chitral is trying to make the inductions by holding a test and interview through an AC after advertising the vacant posts just because to accommodate the brother of a blue-eyed officer.
He said in 2017 when the then DC Chitral advertised some posts of patwaris in newspapers, the Anjuman challenged it in Peshawar High Court (PHC) which decided in its (Anjuman’s) favour.
Now the DC in order to accommodate the brother of a blue-eyed officer is trying to fill the posts through a test and interview by advertising the posts which is not acceptable for the Anjuman.
He said the matter was also discussed with the DC through the settlement officer Chitral but now the DC has backtracked from his assurance.