Chandigarh November 7, 2019
Senior leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Leader of Opposition (LoP), Harpal Singh Cheema, has strongly opposed the Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes (Amendment) Bill-2019, saying that the proposed amendment was an attempt to lure the bureaucracy to leverage it to have decisions made as per their own whims and fancies.
Harpal Singh Cheema alleged that the age limit for retirement of the Chairman / Chairperson or Member of the SC Commission was being repeatedly enhanced, which was a gross violation of the Constitution, adding that when the retirement age of employees across the country was not 72 years, why should it be introduced in Punjab?
Speaking on the issue, MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwan said “Are we above the constitution? As and when the legislature seeks an advisory, it looks up to the judiciary”. He questioned that if the judiciary could not decide its own cases due to age bar, why was that the state government going overboard on raising the age limit to 72 years?