‘State should employ substitutes'

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Thursday deprecated the practice of government employees claiming long leaves for going abroad to take up jobs there.

The Bench of Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair and Justice K. Surendra Mohan said that if government employees went on long leaves, the State should terminate their service and employ substitutes.

The court observed that the claim for long leaves after getting employment abroad was to retain the service in the government department and to get pension after retirement from the foreign job.

The court made the observation while dismissing an appeal by Jainamma K. Joseph of Thiruvalla who was employed in Saudi Arabia as a nurse after taking leave from government service.

She was granted 10 years' leave without allowance. When she applied for leave for another five years, the government rejected her plea. She then challenged the rejection of the leave before the High Court. A single judge had dismissed her petition holding that she had no right or was entitled to get leave indefinitely without allowance. The appeal was filed against the single judge's verdict.


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