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THE PUNJAB REORGANIZATION ACT, 1966

Title : THE PUNJAB REORGANIZATION ACT, 1966

Year : 1966



(1) In this section, the expression "State cadre"-

(a) In relation to the Indian Administrative Service, has the meaning assigned to it in the Indian Administrative Service (Cadre) Rules, 1954, and

(b) In relation to the Indian Police Service, has the meaning assigned to it in the Indian Police Service (Cadre) Rules, 1954.

(2) In place of the cadres of the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service for the existing State of Punjab, there shall, on and from the appointed day, be two separate cadres, one for the State of Punjab and the other for the State of Haryana, in respect of each of these Services.

(3) The initial strength and composition of each of the State cadres for the States of Punjab and Haryana and the strength and composition of the Delhi-Himachal Pradesh State cadres shall be such as the Central Government may, by order, determine before the appointed day.

(4) The members of each of the said Services borne on the State cadres for the existing State of Punjab immediately before the appointed day shall be allocated to the State cadres of the same
Service for each of the States of Punjab and Haryana and to the Delhi Himachal Pradesh State cadres in such manner and with effect from such date or dates as the Central Government may, by order, specify.

(5) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to affect the operation, on or after the appointed day, of the All-India Services Act, 1951 (61 of 1951), or the rules made there under in relation to the State cadres of the said Services referred to in sub-section (3) and in relation to the members of those Services borne on the said cadres.



(1) Every person who immediately before the appointed day is serving in connection with the affairs of the existing State of Punjab shall, on and from that day, provisionally continue to serve in connection with the affairs of the State of Punjab unless he is required, by general or special order of the Central Government, to serve provisionally in connection with the affairs of any other successor State.

(2) As soon as may be after the appointed day, the Central Government shall, by general or special order, determine the successor State to which every person referred to in sub-section (1) shall be finally allotted for service and the date with effect from which such allotment shall take effect or be deemed to have taken effect.

(3) Every person who is finally allotted under the provisions of sub- section (2) to a successor State shall, if he is not already serving therein, be made available for serving in the successor State from such date as may be agreed upon between the Governments concerned or in default of such agreement, as may be determined by the Central Government.

(4) The Central Government may, by order, establish one or more advisory committees for the purpose of assisting it in regard to-

(a) The division and integration of the services among the successor States; and

(b) The ensuring of fair and equitable treatment to all persons affected by the provisions of this section and the proper consideration of any representations made by such persons.

(5) The foregoing provisions of this section shall not apply in relation to any person to whom the provisions of section 81 apply.

(6) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to affect on or after the appointed day the operation of the provisions of Chapter I of Part XIV of the Constitution in relation to the determination of the conditions of service of persons serving in connection with the affairs of the Union or any State:

Provided that the conditions of service applicable immediately before the appointed day to the case of any person referred to in sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) shall not be varied to his disadvantage except with the previous approval of the Central Government.



Every person who immediately before the appointed day is holding or discharging the duties of any post or office in connection with the affairs of the existing State of Punjab in any area which on that day falls within any of the successor States shall continue to hold the same post or office in that successor State and shall be deemed, on and from that day, to have been duly appointed to the post or office by the Government of, or other appropriate authority in, that successor State:

Provided that nothing in this section shall be deemed to prevent a competent authority on or after the appointed day from passing in relation to such person any order affecting his continuance in such post or office.



The Central Government may give such directions to the State Governments of Punjab and Haryana and to the Administrators of the Union terriories of Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh as may appear to it to be necessary for the purpose of giving effect to the foregoing provisions of this Part and the State Governments and the Administrators shall comply with such directions.



(1) The Public Service Commission for the existing State of Punjab shall, on and from the appointed day, cease to exist.

(2) The person holding office immediately before the appointed day as Chairman of the Public Service Commission for the existing State of Punjab shall become the Chairman of the Public Service Commission for the State of Haryana or Punjab as the President shall, by order, specify and every other person holding office immediately before that day as member of that Commission shall become a member, or if so specified by the President, the Chairman, of such one of the said Commissions as the President shall, by order, specify.

(3) Every person who becomes the Chairman or other member of a Public Service Commission on the appointed day under sub-section (2)shall-

(a) Be entitled to receive from the Government of the State conditions of service not less favourable than those to which he was entitled under the provisions applicable to him immediately before the appointed day;

(b) Subject to the proviso to clause (2) of article 316, hold office or continue to hold office until the expiration of his term of office as determined under the provisions applicable to him immediately before the appointed day.

(4) The report of the Punjab Public Service Commission as to the work done by the Commission in respect of any period prior to the appointed day shall be presented under clause (2) of article 323 to the Governors of Punjab and Haryana, and the Governor of Punjab shall, on receipt of such report, cause a copy thereof together with a memorandum explaining as far as possible, as respects the cases, if any, where the advice of the Commission was not accepted, the reasons for such non-acceptance to be laid before the Legislature of the State of Punjab and it shall not be necessary to cause such report or any such memorandum to be laid before the Legislative Assembly of Haryana.
Last updated on September, 2016

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