Punjab Civil Services officers call off mass casual leave protest after CM Bhagwant Mann’s ultimatum. Chandigarh News

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Civil Services (PCS) officers on Wednesday called off their mass casual leave protest after a meeting with additional chief secretary of chief minister bhagwant mann,
The PCS officers will join their duties immediately, additional chief secretary Venuprasad said.
The president of the PCS Officers’ association Rajat Oberoi said they would withdraw their call for mass casual leave.
Punjab CM cracks whip on Govt.  officers on strike: 'Govt.  will not relent'

Punjab CM cracks whip on Govt. officers on strike: ‘Govt. will not relent’

Earlier in the day, chief minister Mann had warned PCS officers, who had gone on mass casual leave, to join duties by 2pm or else face suspension.

The tough stand of the chief minister came after services at administrative offices in the state were hit as Punjab Civil Services Officers went on five-day mass casual leave beginning Monday against the arrest of PCS officer Narinder Singh Dhaliwal in Ludhiana by the state vigilance bureau.

Dhaliwal, who was posted as regional transport authority in Ludhiana, was arrested by the vigilance bureau on Friday for allegedly taking bribes from transporters for sparing them challans for offending vehicles, the bureau had said.
However, the Punjab Civil Services officers’ association had claimed, “The PCS officer has been arrested illegally, wrongfully and arbitrarily and without due procedure.”
(With inputs from PTI)

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