HC: Consider relaxing standards for jobs on compassionate grounds ’

Madurai: The Madurai bench of the Madras high court has recommended the state government to pass an order to streamline appointment to posts on compassionate grounds. Justice S Vaidyanathan suggested that the government shall impose a condition such that compassionate appointment would be considered only for Class-4 employment and that age and qualifications can be entirely relaxed as there is no need for any qualification for appointing persons as sweeper, gardener and the like.
The court made the observations while hearing petitions seeking for compassionate appointment on various grounds such as petitioner being a minor at the time of death, did not fulfil required qualifications and others.

The court also suggested that the time limit for making an application shall be fixed as one year instead of three years.

“The appointment through compassionate appointment is a substantial litigation in this court and government should ensure that they take an unbiased decision within a maximum period of six months so that applicants will know where they stand,” justice S Vaidyanathan observed and issued a set of suggestions.

The court suggested that in case compassionate appointment is considered other than the spouse, then 25% of the gross monthly income shall be directly paid to the spouse. “Many of the children, after getting employment are driving parents to old age home and in order to ensure that the spouses are protected and taken care of, 25 % of the amount has got to be given to them,” the court suggested.

The court further held that compassionate appointment should not be considered as a back door entry and it is based on rules, regulations, guidelines and government orders. The court adjourned the matter for further hearing on December 7, when the government is expected to submit their stand on the recommendations.

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