NCERT penalised for irregular posting

NEW DELHI, JULY 24. The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has imposed a cost of Rs. 10,000 on the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for what the judgment called "indulging in large-scale illegalities and irregularities in the selection of 40 assistants''.

In the judgment, a Division Bench of the CAT said: "We impose a cost of Rs. 10,000 on the respondents (NCERT and others) which shall be deposited by NCERT in the Legal Aid Committee.''

"The aforesaid amount shall later be realised equally from the salary of those officers of the Council who shall be found responsible for the illegal selection,'' the Bench said.

The Bench directed that a copy of the order be sent to the Secretary, Union Ministry for Human Resources Development (HRD), to fix responsibility of the erring officials for an appropriate action as the applicants for the post "have been made to face trauma of this litigation, which was unwarranted."

The Tribunal also set aside the selections held by NCERT. It said that the Council was at liberty to issue orders of termination to the appointees.

Quoting a submission by NCERT that the selection process shall now be fair and would be entrusted to an independent agency, the Bench said that NCERT would notify the post afresh, and the applicants as well as the private respondents (appointees) shall also be given an opportunity to apply without adhering to the age limit.

Quoting an internal inquiry into the two selection processes which held that the processes had been vitiated by large-scale illegalities and irregularities, the Bench said: "This admission is unfortunate, mars the reputation of the esteemed institution and reflects the lackadaisical, negligent and motivated conduct of the officers associated with the selection processes.''

The Council had conducted the selection process twice; first, before the matter reached CAT and second, when the aggrieved parties approached the Tribunal.

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