BSNL restrained from conducting departmental exam in Nagercoil

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday restrained Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited from conducting the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE) to the posts of Telecom Technical Assistant (TTA), scheduled for Sunday at the Nagercoil secondary switching area (SSA).

Admitting a batch of writ petitions moved by a few employees, Justice D. Murugesan granted the interim injunction and directed the registry to communicate the order by wire.

According to the petitioners, the vacancies for the post of TTA were filled by way of direct recruitment, absorption and promotion in the ratio of 50:10:40. A pre-qualifying test was conducted in Nagercoil SSA for filling the posts through promotion and all the five petitioners successfully passed it. Thereafter, a list of candidates qualified for LDCE was released which contained 83 names in the OC quota, 10 in the SC quota and none in ST quota, the petitioners claimed.

Subsequently, the Chief General Manager, BSNL, Tamil Nadu Circle, notified that the LDCE would be conducted on August 21 in all the SSAs throughout the State and, pursuant to the notification, the Nagercoil SSA declared that out of the 13 vacancies to be filled by way of promotion, 6 were reserved for SC, 4 for ST and 3 for OC.

But to the surprise of many, the examination was postponed to December 4 and the Nagercoil SSA, on September 14, published a revised communal break-up reserving only one seat for SC and the remaining 12 under the OC category.

Since the authorities failed to explain the reason behind making changes in reservation, a representation was sent to higher officials and the National Commission of SC/ST, the petitioners said, and sought to quash the notification enunciating a revised quota break-up.