RE - At least 300 traffic wardens will be inducted in the Capital City Traffic Police on the recommendations of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), official documents say.
As per the documents, a copy of which is available with The Nation, IG Punjab Tariq Saleem Dogar moved an official communiqu titled: Recruitment of Traffic Wardens to the secretary Punjab Pubic Service Commission, 2-Agha Khan (Davis) Road, Lahore, on September 29 and urged the secretary to conduct a proper exams for the induction of 300 wardens in the City Traffic Police against the vacant posts.
The memo says, Three hundred posts of Traffic Wardens (BS-14) available in the Capital City Lahore are required to be filled in through direct recruitment on open merit basis on the recommendations of the Punjab Public Service Commission. An official indent (in-duplicate) duly filled-in for recruitment against 300 vacant posts of Traffic Wardens enclosed along with all relevant papers for further necessary action has been dispatched from Additional IG Punjab Chaudhry Tanvir Ahmed to the Office of the Capital City Police Officer, Lahore and Chief Traffic Officer Lahore on October 20.
Moreover, over 5,000 traffic wardens inducted in four major cities of Pakistan including Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan in past have been regularized on the directives of the Punjab government. A senior lawmaker, however, claimed one cannot recruit an officer of BPS-14 without going through the Service Commission of Pakistan and those wardens were inducted against the rules and regulations.
Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) SSP Syed Ahmed Mobin said that according to rules and regulations undoubtedly he was the member of Interview Board of Punjab Public Service Commission but his hands were 'confined. After passing the written test, formal interviews would be held in which the interview panel of PPCS would select suitable candidates, he added. The CTO further said in fact 315 posts of traffic wardens were lying vacant in the City Traffic Police from last few months but the official indent was moved for 300 posts, as 15 wardens suffering departmental punishment would return sooner or later. He however denied commenting on political interference. Ahmed Mobin further said merit must be ensured as this act always encourages the eligible candidates in every department.