AG office gets 50 more law officers
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Despite claiming to have reduced the number of law officers in its Advocate General's (AG) office, the Punjab government appointed 50 more such officers on Wednesday, in effect, bringing their number nearly back to the original state. The government had shunted out all 163 law officers, who had been working at the AG office, on October 31. Having decided to downsize, the government had planned to bring their number down to between 90 to 100. There was speculation, however, that this would be difficult to achieve as the BJP was unhappy that its chosen candidates were not being accommodated.
On November 1, the state government issued a list of 94 law officers to be appointed in the AG Office and now on Wednesday, 50 more have been appointed, thus bringing the total to 144 officers.
The Akali-BJP share at the AG office is 60:40. The BJP, reportedly, was not happy that in the first list of 94 officers, the party was given only a few slots for its chosen officers. It had submitted, a list of law officers to be recruited in the AG office, to the government.
In the Wednesday's list, of the 50 law officers, half are new faces, while the rest are from the BJP and the Akali Dal. The BJP is now reportedly satisfied as those on its list have been duly accommodated.
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