Chandigarh: The Cabinet decided to enact a law on appointing law officers in the office of the Advocate General. The purpose is to streamline the appointment of Senior Additional AG, Additional AG, Senior Deputy AG, Deputy AG and Assistant AG and to bring transparency in the functioning of the office.
The ‘Punjab Law Officers (Engagement) Act, 2017’ Bill will be tabled in the current session of the Vidhan Sabha to put in place a mechanism for engaging law officers in the Advocate General’s office purely on merit, as per the directions of the Supreme Court and the High Court.
So far, it has been the CM’s discretion to appoint law officers. Mostly relatives of politicians, bureaucrats and other influential persons would occupy such posts.