Nearly two-and-a half decades after he joined service, a night watchman in the Revenue Department can now look forward to his services being regularised.

The Madras High Court has pointed out that though a G.O. of 2006 directed all departments to immediately regularise the services of daily wage employees on their completion of 10 years of service by relaxing all relevant rules, the department failed to implement the order. So, several persons approached the High Court and the court granted relief to them.

In its judgment on an appeal by the State government challenging a single Judge’s order, the First Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar observed, “Before parting with the case, we are constrained to state that persons similarly placed should not be forced to approach the court for getting relief, and if approached, the courts are bound to extend the benefits without any discrimination” as held by the Supreme Court in various decisions.

V. Madhuraj was appointed a night watchman in the Revenue Department on March 1, 1988 on a daily wage basis. A G.O. of February 28, 2006, ordered regularisation of the services of those working on a temporary basis on their completion of 10 years of service on January 1, 2006. Despite the G.O. directing the heads of departments to take action to regularise the services of such employees, the order was not implemented forcing several employees to move the court for relief.

Mr. Madhuraj also filed a writ petition and a single Judge directed the authorities in August 2011 to regularise his services. Hence, the present appeal by the Revenue Secretary.