Staff Reporter

Group IV Service special competitive examination was held in February 2008

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government has informed the Madras High Court that successful candidates of a Group IV Service special competitive examination held in February 2008 will be absorbed as Junior Assistant under the Tamil Nadu Ministerial Service and Tamil Nadu Judicial Service.

In the light of this submission, Justice K. Chandru dismissed as infructuous writ petitions seeking to declare advertisements calling for applications from the Tamil Nadu Government Temporary Junior Assistants and Assistants Progress Association illegal insofar as it restricts the number of posts to 4,103.

Another writ petition filed by 91 others sought to direct the State government to declare that petitioners, who had secured more than 90 marks in the competitive examination, will be absorbed in the appropriate posts with all consequential benefits.

Two letters

When the two matters were clubbed together, it was brought to the notice of the court that the Secretary Personnel and Administrative Reforms (P and AR) had sent two letters, on May 6, 2009 and July 21, 2009, to the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC).

The first letter stated that as far as vacancies in the two services were concerned for the period 2009-2010, those who had gone through the special competitive exam and were yet to get a posting would be appointed. Such appointments would be made based on the marks secured as well as the communal roster and other conditions.

The subsequent communication stated that in respect of the estimated vacancies by the committee except for persons whose cases were pending in the court, all others would be appointed on permanent basis.

The judge, who took note of the two letters, said that the relief claimed by the petitioners had been practically considered by the State and it was unnecessary to continue the writ petitions.