Court allows filling of SC/ST backlog vacancies
TNN | Sep 13, 2011, 04.25AM IST
CHENNAI: Paving the way for the appointment of 1,077 SC/ST candidates
in existing village administrative officer (VAO) posts, the Madras
high court has permitted the Tamil Nadu government to release the
results of the written examination conducted in February. Though the
results of the examination for 1,576 general category candidates were
declared earlier, due to an order of stay the results for the 1,077
backlog vacancies for Dalits could not be declared.
Justice KN Basha, passing orders on Monday on an implead petition
filed by a Dalit candidate, said: "The respondents shall publish
results of the examination and proceed with the filling up of
vacancies to the posts of VAOs for SC/ST candidates, notified as
shortfall vacancies. The appointments are subject to the final
disposal of the writ petitions."
In his petition against the categorisation of 1,077 vacancies as
backlog posts, R Santhoshkumar of Madipakkam had submitted that a
high-level committee constituted by the government in July 2000 to
review all posts in each department and suggest the number of post to
be notified as backlog/shortfall vacancies is yet to complete the
process and it was yet to identify SC/ST shortfall vacancies. Claiming
that only 197 vacancies were SC/ST backlog vacancies, he said the
posts had been grossly over-estimated.
In his implead petition, A Arul of Dharmapuri district contended the
government order and Rule 22 of Tamil Nadu State and Subordinate
Services Rules approval from the high-power committee was not
required. The writ petition had been filed only to cause detriment to
SC/ST candidates who were awaiting declaration of results, he said.
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