Caught On Cam: Punjab Mantri Flips Coin To Fix Govt Postings, Not On Merit

A minister in Punjab has been caught on camera flipping a coin to decide between two candidates for the post of lecturer. The clip, shared on social media and looped on television channels, has deeply embarrassed the state’s ruling Congress, which claims that Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi only intended to make a choice in a “transparent” manner.

The incident took place yesterday, when the postings of 37 recruits of the Punjab Public Service Commission were decided in the minister’s office. Two lecturers sought the same posting at a government polytechnic institute in Patiala.

As Mr Channi debated what to do, some bureaucrats in his office suggested he should go by merit. But the minister, according to reports, said, “Why don’t we toss?” The young candidates went along with it and many in the room were seen chuckling when the minister tossed the coin.

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