High Court Bench quashes Corporation resolution

Staff Reporter

To do away with 102 ex-servicemen, employed on a contract basis

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has quashed a resolution passed by the Madurai Municipal Corporation Council to do away with 102 ex-servicemen, employed on a contract basis since March 1993, and to alternatively hire the services of private security agencies.

Allowing a writ petition moved by the Tamil Nadu Ex-Servicemen Employees Welfare Union, Justice Makena Eswara Narasimha Patrudu said, "It (the resolution) was totally arbitrary, illegal and contrary to the guidelines of the Government at the national level as well as State level."

Hence, he directed the Corporation Commissioner to continue with the present arrangement of employing persons sponsored by the Tamil Nadu Ex-Servicemen Corporation (TEXCO) based in Chennai.

The Judge also directed TEXCO to take "minimum" steps to provide employment to the union members in government establishments, local bodies and such other places as per the re-settlement scheme framed by the Union Ministry of Defence for the welfare of ex-servicemen.

On the claim of the Municipal Corporation that it would save Rs.15 lakh per year by excluding ex-servicemen and replacing them with personnel from private security agencies, Mr. Justice Patrudu said, "If the fourth respondent (Corporation) wants to save money, there are many other ways to do it. The Mayor, the councillors, the chairman and other officials can do the same by introducing self-discipline and the expenditure on their tours and other areas can be contained."

Pointing out that the State Government controlled the income and expenditure of the Corporation, the Judge said, "It is absurd for the local body to pass a resolution that they do not want to respect the directions of the Union and State Governments by providing employment to ex-servicemen."

"The citizens of the State have to respect the ex-servicemen, whose services are commendable and it is our duty to salute them rather than sacking them from genuine employment," he added.

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