Punjab technical education minister Charanjit Singh Channi tossed himself into a controversy by flipping a coin to decide on posting of a lecturer, prompting the opposition parties to demand that he be removed from the ministry.
A video showing Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi tossing the coin in the presence of candidates had gone viral on social media.
However, technical education minister Charanjit Singh Channi maintained that he did "nothing wrong", while claiming that the postings of lecturers were done "on merit" and in a "transparent" manner.
The incident took place on Monday when the minister had called 37 lecturers, who were recently recruited through the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) examination, for giving them their posting orders.
Two lecturers - one from Nabha and another from Patiala -- wanted to be posted to a government polytechnic institute at Patiala. In order to resolve the issue, Channi decided to toss a coin.
An official spokesman of the department said both the candidates were vying for the same post and while one of them said his scores were better than the other, the other one said he was more experienced.
"Both of them wanted to be posted at the same place and their merit was also equal. They proposed tossing a coin to decide the matter. Nothing wrong has happened and no illegality has taken place. Everything was done on merit and in a transparent manner," Channi told reporters here today.
He added that the entire process was completed without discrimination and everyone was pleased to have a "station” of their choice.
"During the previous (SAD-BJP) regime, the postings used to be sold and corruption was rampant. I broke that nexus," the minister claimed.
The spokesman claimed that the minister's intention was to allot the postings in a "transparent" manner and blamed the media for creating an unnecessary controversy.
"It is unfortunate that instead of highlighting the welcome step taken by the department, a section of the media, without following the basics ethics of journalism, has mysteriously ignored the facts and presented baseless sensational news," Channi said.
The Technical Education Minister said that any government employee can be posted anywhere without his or her consent, but he did not do this and instead opted for a transparent method to allot stations to newly selected lecturers as per their choice to ensure better academic results.