Kids whose fathers died before 2005 not entitled to get govt jobs in their place: SC

By: News Desk      Published: 01:56 PM, 12 Oct, 2021
Kids whose fathers died before 2005 not entitled to get govt jobs in their place: SC
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The Supreme Court has ordered that under the PM employment package, only those children of the deceased government employees will be entitled to get government jobs whose fathers have been expired after 2005 and those children will not be eligible whose fathers have died before 2005, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmad on Tuesday heard a petition challenging the dismissal of the petitioner’s appointment by the federal education ministry. The petitioner wanted to be recruited in place of his deceased father in the education department. 

During hearing, the Supreme Court ordered that that only those children would be eligible for the government jobs whose fathers had been expired after 2005. And the children whose fathers had passed away before 2005, the PM employment package for the children of deceased government employees does not apply on them, the SC ruled. 

Justice Gulzar Ahmad remarked that it was a very strange law to give employment to the son of a deceased man in his place. The government offices are not a hereditary thing, the CJP said adding if the jobs would start allotting in this way, then there would be no merit policy. 

It’s unthinkable to appoint the son after the death of his father, Justice Gulzar said.

Justice Mazhar Alam Mian Khel remarked that initially this law was made for the children of martyred policemen and other officials. The law was basically made to give employment to the children of low-income employees who expire during their jobs. But the law is being abused and the children of deceased officers are being given the jobs, he added.

The CJP said that the son of deceased ASI always wanted to be recruited directly as DSP. 

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The additional attorney general informed the court that the PM package is applied to those children whose fathers have died after 2005 and not before that. 

Petitioner Siraj Din has submitted an application to the apex court challenging the dismissal of his appointment by the education ministry. He sought employment after the death of his father who was working in the education department. 

The petitioner pleaded that the sacrifice of an employee remained the same whether it would be before 2005 or after 2005. His father passed away in 2000. 

The Supreme Court while setting aside his plea declared the Peshawar High Court decision in his favour null and void. 

Reporter Amanat Gishkori