Government of Punjab
Department of Cooperation
No. G.S.R. 20/Const./Art 309/2007
In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution of India, and all other powers enabling him in this behalf, the Governor of Punjab is pleased to make the following rules regulating the recruitment and conditions of Services of the persons appointed to the Punjab Cooperative Audit (Group ‘B’) Service, namely:-
1. Short title, commencement and application:-
(1) These rules may be called the Punjab Cooperative Audit (Group ‘B’) Service Rules, 2007.
(2) They shall come into force on and with effect from the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
(3) They shall apply to the posts specified in Appendix ‘A’.
(1) In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires:-
(a) “Appendix” means an Appendix, appended to these rules;
(b) “Chief Auditor, means the Chief Auditor, Cooperative Societies, Punjab; “Government” means the Government of the State of Punjab in the Department of Cooperation; and
(c) “Service” means the Punjab Cooperative Audit (Group’B’) Service.
3. Number and Character of Posts:-
The Service shall comprise the posts specified in Appendix ‘a’.
Provided that nothing in these rules shall effect the inherent right of the Government to add to or reduce the number of such posts or to create new posts with different designations and scales of pay whether permanently or temporarily.
4. Appointing authority:-
Appointing to the Service shall be made by the Government.
5. Pay of member of the Service:-
The members of the Service, shall be entitled to such pay, as may be authorized by the Punjab 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’:
6. Method of appointment, qualification and experience:-
(1) Appointment to the Service shall be made in the manner, specified in Appendix ‘B’ :
Provided that if, no suitable candidate is available for appointment to the Service by promotion and by direct appointment, the appointment to the Service shall be made by transfer of a person holding a similar or an identical post under a State Government or the Government of India.
(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) Appointment to the Service by promotion shall be made on seniority cum-merit basis, but no person shall have any right to claim promotion on the basis of seniority alone.
7. Departmental Examination and Training in the case of Audit Officers:-
(1) The Audit Officer, unless exempted by the Government, shall pass by the High standard examination in accounts, specified by the Government from time to time within two years from the date of appointment to the Service. In case of promotion to the post of Audit Officer, the exemption would be granted only to the members of the Service, who have already passed the similar examination in accounts or in service otherwise they will also have to pass the examination within a period of one year from the date of their promotion:
Provided that, if a member of the Service is unable to pass the examination within the stipulated period of two years in case of direct appointment and within one year in case of promotion, the Government may extend the period by one year. If a member of the Service, fails to pass the examination his period of probation shall be deemed to have been extended. A member of the Service shall be confirmed in the Service only on passing the departmental examination.
(2) A person, appointed to the service by direct recruitment, shall during his probation undergo training for a period of one year or for such period as may be specified by the Government from time to time.
(3) A person appointed to the Service by promotion, shall during his probation under go, such course of training, as may be specified by the Government from time to time.
8. Discipline, Punishment and appeal:-
(1) In respect of the matters of discipline, punishment and appeal, the members of the Service shall be governed by the Punjab Civil Services (Punishment and Appeal) Rules, 1970, as amended from time to time.
(2) The authority empowered to impose penalties as specified in rule 5 of the Punjab Civil Services (Punishment and Appeal) Rules, 1970, in respect of the members of the Services, shall be the Government.
9. Application of the Punjab Civil Services (General and Common Conditions of Service) Rules, 1994:-
(1) If respect of the matters, which are not specifically provided in these rules, the members of the Service shall be governed by the Punjab Civil Services (General and Common Conditions of Service) Rules, 1994 as amended from time to time.
(2) The Punjab Civil Services (General and Common Condition of Service) Rules, 1994 at present in force, and contained in Appendix ‘C’.
If any question arises as to the interpretation of these rules, the Government, shall decide the same.
11. Repeal and saving:-
The Punjab State Cooperative Service Class-II Rules, 1958 and the Punjab Cooperative Department Service (Ministerial) (State Service) Class III Rules, 1996, in so far as these are applicable to the members of the Service, are hereby repealed:
Provided that any order issued or action taken under the rules so repealed, shall be deemed to have been issued or taken under the corresponding provisions of these rules.