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RULES, 2012

FEDERAL LEVIES FORCE (SERVICE) RULES, 2012

[Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, Part-II, 3rd August, 2012]

S. R. O. 954 (I)/2012, dated 28.6.2012.—In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 10 of the Federal Levies Force Regulation, 2012 the Federal Government is pleased to make the following rules, namely:-

1.       Short title and commencement.—(1) These rules may be called Federal Levies Force (Service) Rules, 2012.

(2) They shall come into force at once.

2.       Definitions.—(1) In these Rules, unless the context otherwise require, the following expressions shall have the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them, namely:-

(a)     "Appointing Authority" means the appointing authority specified in Rules 4;

 

(b)     "Commandant" means Commandant of the Force, who shall be Political Agent of the Agency or, as the case may be, District Coordination Officer for FRs in their respective jurisdiction;

(c)     "Director-General" means an officer appointed as such by the Federal Government, to exercise such powers and functions as may be prescribed;

(d)     "Director" means an officer appointed as such by the FATA Secretariat who shall have practical experience of civil administration in tribal areas and who shall exercise such powers and functions as may be prescribed;

(e)     "Deputy Commandant (Operations)" means an Assistant Political Agent of a Sub-Division or an Agency or FR or any officer of the District designated as such officer by the Provincial Government, who shall be Deputy Commandant (Operations) of the Force in their respective jurisdiction to exercise such powers and functions as may be prescribed; and

(f)      "Deputy Commandant (Administration)" means an officer of Federal or Provincial civil service or any officer of the District designated as such officer by the Provincial Government in their respective jurisdiction to exercise such powers and functions as may be prescribed and who shall be responsible to the Commandant for administrative and establishment matters of the Force.

(g)     "FR" means Frontier Regions;

(h)     "Government" means the Federal Government;

(i)      "initial recruitment" means appointment made other than by promotion or by transfer from other services;

(j)      "Schedule" means the Schedule of these rules;

(k)     "Selection or Promotion Committee" means a Committee for recruitment or as the case may be, promotion of Force personnel as notified by the Government;

(1)     "service" means the Levies Service;

(2)     The expression used but not defined herein shall have the same meanings as are assigned to them under the Federal Levies Force Regulation, 2012.

3.       Composition and eligibility of the Force.—(1) The Force shall comprise of the posts specified in Schedule-I and such other posts as may be determined by the Government from time to time.

(2) Recruitment to the Force shall be made in accordance with the requirement specified in Schedule-I. The following conditions shall also be fulfilled, namely:–

(a)     a candidate for appointment shall be a citizen of Pakistan and bona-fide resident of the respective district, agency or Frontier Region, as the case may be;

(b)     no candidate shall be appointed to a post unless he is found, after medical examination, to be in good mental and bodily health and free from physical defect, likely to interfere in the efficient discharge of his duties;

(c)     Medical Superintendent of the respective District Headquarters Hospital or Agency Headquarters Hospital shall issue a certificate of medical fitness of the candidate;

(d)     recruitment to all ranks of the Force shall be made from amongst those persons having a minimum height 5'-5" and chest measurement of 32"-34" with an age of not less than eighteen years and not more than twenty-five years on the last date of submission of application;

(e)     the upper age limit may be relaxed upto three years in special circumstance and in case of ex-servicemen upto five years by the competent authority;

(f)      on person (except those who are already in Government Service) shall be appointed to the Force unless he produces a certificate of character from the Principal or Academic Officer of the academic institution last attended and also a certificate of character from two gazetted officers from respective districts or sub-section of the tribes, not being his relative and who are well acquainted with his character; and

(g)     no person who is married to a foreign national shall be eligible for appointment in the Force, unless allowed by the Government, in writing.

4.       Appointing authority.—(1) Commandant shall be the appointing authority for initial recruitment or promotion of the Force personnel.

(2)     Appointment to the post shall be made in accordance with the provision contained in Schedule-I of these rules.

(3)     Appointment shall be made through a duly constituted Selection Committee.

5.       Probation.—(1) All selected personnel of the Force shall remain on probation for one year extendable by a further period of one year. If no order is issued on the expiry of the first year of probation period, the period of probation shall be deemed to have been extended for further one year. If no order is issued on the completion of extended period, the probation shall be deemed to have been terminated.

(2) All promotions shall be on probation for a period of one year from the date of promotion and may be reverted to the former rank if they fail to maintain the prescribed standard of conduct and efficiency. All reversion orders shall carry reasons thereof in writing.

6.       Training.—(1) All newly recruited personnel of the Force, shall undergo six months pre-service training before being assigned duties of the rank for which they are selected. Initially, the Appointing Authority shall arrange for appropriate training till a proper Levies Training School is established.

(2) The pre-service training mentioned in sub-rule (1) may contain training on basic laws, investigation techniques, mob control, basic intelligence, arrest and detention procedure, jail duties, drill, weapons training, field craft, bomb disposal, counter assault, traffic control etc. Proper training syllabus and modules shall be developed through mutual consultation with local law enforcing agencies by the Commandant.

7.       Resignation.—No member of the Force shall resign before the expiration of the first three months of his recruitment or he shall deposit an amount equal to his three months pay in lieu of his three months essential service.

8.       Seniority and promotion.—Promotion shall be strictly on seniority-cum-fitness basis as well as on the required length of service as specified in Schedule-I. The service of personnel by initial recruitment or promotion may be dispensed with or reverted if, in the opinion of the Competent Authority, his work and conduct is not satisfactory during probation period or due to abolishment of posts, as the case may be. A seniority list shall be maintained at District, Agency or Frontier Region level.

9.       Transfer during service.—Members of the Force shall be liable to transfer anywhere in their respective District, Agency or Frontier Region. An officer of the force may be transferred to any other District, Agency or Frontier Region in the public interest.

10.     Punishment.—After satisfying themselves regarding punishable acts (as referred to in Schedule-II) through a proper inquiry, the necessary punishment specified in Schedule-III may be awarded by the competent authority. A person to whom punishment is awarded shall be given an opportunity to show-cause in writing. However, in circumstances where it is not possible to adopt this procedure the competent authority, for reasons to be recorded in writing, may dispense with such requirement.

11.     Appeal.—If a Force personnel is aggrieved by any order under these rules, he may within thirty days of communication to him of such order, prefer appeal to the competent authority. Force personnel may file a revision petition to the next higher authority within thirty days of the receipt of decision of appeal or sixty days of the preference of appeal, whichever is earlier,

12.     Awards and commendations.—(1) Force personnel may be given special award and commendation certificate for devotion to duty, demonstration of gallantry and such achievement in the performance of duty, in the manners as prescribed by the Commandant after approval from the Government.

(2) Force personnel, if embraces martyrdom in the discharge of his duty, will be given proper Guard of Honour at the time of burial.

13.     Service Record.—Proper service rolls of all Force Personnel shall be maintained in Levy Office of each District or Agency or Frontier Region. Annual Reports of all Havaldars and Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) will also be maintained for the purpose of promotion.

14.     Leave.—(1) Earned Leave may be granted depending on the exigencies and at the discretion of the Commandant. All leave of ten days or above, will be considered as long leave and shall be granted on the recommendations of Subedar Major by the Commandant.

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