Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh of the Lahore High Court on Friday issued notice to Health secretary for August 8 on a contempt of court application filed by eight pharmacists.
The petitioners said that they were appointed pharmacists in the Health Department on passing the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) examination. Naming the chief secretary and the Health secretary as respondents, the petitioners requested the court to direct them to regularise their jobs under the Regularisation Policy 2009. They said the court had earlier issued directions to the Health Department for regularisation of the petitioners.
They said the pharmacists had been appointed on ad hoc and contract basis at various times. They submitted that under Rule 5 of the PPSC Rules 1978, provincial chief ministers could regularise ad hoc or contract workers.
He said Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had regularised his ‘favourites’ from time to time. They said despite several requests, the chief minister did not regularise them (the petitioners).
Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2012.