State Government employees, who were appointed through rural weightage by special recruitment rules in 2003, have demanded the Government take services rendered by them from 1998 as the base while considering seniority and promotions.
Members of the Karnataka State Rural Weightage Teachers and Employees' Forum, who staged a demonstration here on Friday, said the employees who were originally appointed by the Education Department as teachers and in other departments after providing rural weightage have been denied the rightful seniority as the Government was considering 2003 as their appointment year.
In a memorandum addressed to the Principal Secretary of the Primary and Higher Secondary Education and submitted to the local authorities, members of the forum explained that after their appointments was set aside by the Supreme Court, which held that providing rural weightage at the time of appointment to the Government service as illegal, the State Government had, as a one time measure, absorbed the services of all the employees appointed on rural weightage basis through special recruitment rules in 2003. Although the Government had regularised their services, it had not conceded the demand for taking the original appointment year of 1998 for deciding seniority and promotions. “This has deprived hundreds of teachers of promotions and seniority due to them,” they complained.