SHC restrains provincial govt from issuing combined seniority list of W&SD engineers

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday restrained the Sindh government from issuing a combined seniority list of Superintendent and Executive engineers (Civil, Electrical and Mechanical) till further orders.

The petitioners, Prem Chand Talerja, Manzoor Hussain Shah, and 9 others are superintendant engineers (BPS-19) and executive engineers (BPS-18) in Works & Services Department, Government of Sindh, cited chief Secretary, Secretary Works & Services Department and registrar of Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) as respondents.

The petitioners said that Works & Services department has three separate kinds of posts of engineers including Civil, Electrical & Mechanical engineers and due to the separate functions, qualification and expertise of each group of posts, separate seniority lists of each group were being maintained as per law.

They said that there was insignificant utility of Electrical & Mechanical Engineers in Works and Services Department. However, contrary to the requirements of posts, Electrical & Mechanical engineers were being appointed against the posts purely belonging to Civil Engineers.

The petitioner said that though there were separate, distinct identity of each disciplines of Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, yet the provincial government had decided to prepare a combined seniority list of civil, electrical and mechanical engineers in Works & Services Department, which was illegal and malafides of provincial government.

They requested the court to declare issuing of joint seniority list of Executive Engineers (BS-18) and Superintending Engineers (BS-19) illegal and restrain provincial authorities from issuing joint seniority lists.

After hearing initial arguments a division bench of Syed Hassan Azhar Rizvi and Junaid Ghaffar issued notice to respondents and restrained them from issuing joint seniority lists till further orders.