Punjab Minister Tosses Luck Over Merit!

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Punjab ministers took to flipping a coin to resolve on the stationing of a lecturer, prompting the opposition parties to ask that he be taken away from the ministry.
The incident was caught on cameras and aired by television news channels.

However, technical education minister Charanjit Singh Channi maintained that he did “nothing wrong” while claiming that the postings of lecturers were done “on merit” and in a “transparent” manner.

The incident took place on Monday when the minister had called 37 lecturers, who were recently recruited through the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) examination, for giving them their posting orders.

Two lecturers — one from Nabha and another from Patiala — wanted to be posted to a government polytechnic institute in Patiala. In order to resolve the issue, Channi decided to toss a coin.

An official spokesman of the department said both the candidates were vying for the same post and spell one of them said his scores were better than the other, the other one said he was more experienced.

“Both of them wanted to be posted at the same place and their merit was also equal. They proposed tossing a coin to determine the issue. Nothing wrong has taken place and no illegality has taken office. Everything was done on merit and in a transparent manner,” Channi told reporters.

He added that the postings were given to the candidates as per their choice of places. “During the previous (SAD-BJP) regime, the postings used to be sold and corruption was rampant. I broke that nexus,” the minister claimed.

Since the reports of Channi tossing a coin made news, Twitter has been flooded with messages on how it was a shame that a crucial decision was being made with a toss of a coin.

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