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Petition by Gram Rozgar Sevaks challenging their termination
HC issues notices seeking reply in two weeks
8/20/2018 10:41:59 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Aug 20: Justice Sanjeev Kumar of J&K High Court (Jammu Wing) in a writ petition filed by 163 Gram Rozgar Sevaks, Monitoring Information System, Technical Assistant and Data Entry Operator belonging to Rajouri and Poonch Districts challenging their termination has issued notices to the Principal Secretary Rural Development Department J&K Government, Deputy Commissioner Rajouri and Poonch, Assistant Commissioner Development Rajouri, District Panchayat Officer Rajouri, Assistant Commissioner Development Poonch, District Panchayat Officer Poonch returnable within two weeks.
The notices were accepted by Deputy Advocate General Arshad Majid Malik appearing for Rural Development Department. The State Counsel was directed to file reply within two weeks. However, Justice Sanjeev Kumar despite repeated submissions from Senior Advocate Jahangir Iqbal Ganai assisted by Advocate Ahsan Mirza did not stay the operation of the impugned Govt. order No.203-RD&PR of 2018 dated August 9, 2018 and also order No.SS/MGNREGA/ ACDR/2018-19/3309-33 dated 11-08-2018 issued by Secretary to Government Rural Development Department and Assistant Commissioner Development Rajouri as Deputy Advocate General A.M. Malik vehemently argued that all the 163 petitioners are backdoor appointees and engaged without any advertisement /selection process.
While resisting the arguments of Senior Advocate J.I. Ganai, Deputy Advocate General A.M. Malik submitted that all the petitioners were engaged through backdoor without adopting any procedure and the State Government is on the path of streamlining such engagements by giving chance to all the eligible candidates.
After considering the submissions of both the sides Justice Sanjeev Kumar in the open court issued notices to the State Government which was accepted by Deputy A.G. A.M. Malik and the State Counsel was directed to file his reply within two weeks. However, the court did not stay the operation of the impugned Government order and observed that such prayer will be considered after two weeks.
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