Recruit 522 SC/ST candidates as lecturers: court

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu Government to issue a notification to recruit 522 SC/ST candidates as lecturers in government colleges within a month.

The direction was issued by the First Bench, comprising Chief Justice A.P. Shah and Justice V. Ramasubramanian, on a petition filed by Editor of the Dalit Murasu, M. Punithapandian.

Making it clear that the Government shall not club these 522 vacancies with any other posts, the Bench said a separate advertisement/notification should be issued for a special recruitment drive. The appointments should be made as early as possible.

When the Government offered to fill the backlog vacancies in two instalments – 300 immediately and the rest within 18 months – the Bench rejected it.

In his petition, Mr. Punithapandian referred to a solemn undertaking given by the Government in 2000 before a Bench, headed by the then Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, K.G. Balakrishnan, that all the backlog SC/ST vacancies would be filled before other recruitments.

As for another petition, filed by professor I. Elangovan, seeking to enforce the mandatory 3 per cent reservation for disabled in the ongoing recruitment of 1,000 lecturers, the First Bench asked the Government to provide 1 per cent of the total vacancies to hearing impaired candidates.

“We direct the respondents to provide for one per cent reservation for the hearing impaired in teaching posts in suitable subjects in addition to the one per cent each for the visually impaired and the orthopaedically disabled.

“It is needless to say that as far as the non-teaching posts are concerned, there will not be any need to compensate the hearing impaired persons, and those posts shall be distributed in the ratio of one per cent for the disabled persons.

“With these modifications the State Government is free to publish the list of selected candidates in the first list of 1,000 candidates, issued in 2006.”

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