In compliance with the observations made by Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Cabinet led by Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday decided to fix preference in reservation to ex-servicemen/wards of ex-servicemen/grandchildren of gallantry award winners according to the widely prevalent Lineal Hierarchy principle.Accepting the proposal mooted by the Department of Defence Services Welfare, the Cabinet gave its nod to amend Proviso 3 of rule 4 of Punjab Recruitment of Ex-Servicemen Rules-1982.The amended proviso envisages that when an ex-serviceman is not available for recruitment against a reserved vacancy, and further no wife or dependent child of an ex-serviceman is available for recruitment against a reserved vacancy, such a vacancy shall be reserved to be filled in by recruitment of the grandchild of a Gallantry Award Winner. This will, however, only apply in case the benefit of reservation has not been availed of by any of the children or dependents of such winner or by the winner himself, subject to the conditions specified in the second proviso.It may be recalled that the Punjab Government has already decided to give benefit of the reservation to the grandchildren of the gallantry award winners.Meanwhile, the Cabinet approved a job to the next of kin of Major Ravi Inder Singh Sandhu of the Indian Armed Forces in recognition of his outstanding services. Major Sandhu had died while serving in United Nations Mission in Sudan. The cabinet also decided to extend to the next of kin benefits equivalent to those permitted under the policy of "Appointment of Honor and Gratitude".It may be recalled that Major Sandhu of Signals Corps was serving in UN Mission in Sudan and died on November 6, 2019 during mission due to cardio pulmonary failure. As the officer has not been declared a Battle Casualty, his next of kin cannot be provided a Government job under any existing policy and therefore Cabinet’s approval was warranted for the same, said an official spokesperson.