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Unemployed Physical Education Teachers Society had moved the court

CHENNAI: Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar of the Madras High Court has granted interim injunction restraining education authorities from recruiting or appointing physical education teachers on the basis of district-wise employment exchange seniority, pending disposal of a writ petition.

Seniority basis

The Tamil Nadu Unemployed Physical Education Teachers Society, represented by its president K. Ramaswamy, Chidambaram, had moved the High Court stating that if the recruitment was made on the basis of State-level seniority in employment exchange, without reference to vacancies in the district concerned and the seniority in the district employment exchange, the society’s members had a fair chance of obtaining public employment. The society submitted that prior to 1996, appointments to the post of physical education and secondary grade teachers were made on the basis of State-level seniority in employment exchange. Later, district-wise seniority was introduced for recruiting secondary grade teachers. This policy was subsequently extended to recruitment of physical education teachers, too.

Discrimination

Such a decision would permit largescale discrimination and lead to denial of equal opportunity among qualified candidates in various districts and thus violate the Constitution.

Confining the selection in respect of a vacancy arising within a particular district to persons who had registered themselves with the employment exchange of the district concerned led to denial of employment in a public office to a person solely on the ground of residence which was violative of Article 16 (2) of the Constitution.

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