By M Ahmad
Srinagar- The High court of J&K and Ladakh on Friday held that there is complete restriction on appointments from 29 April 2010 on ad hoc or contractual or consolidated or temporary basis in Jammu and Kashmir.
A bench of Justice Vinod Chatterji Koul made the observations while dismissing a petition filed by a number of persons, seeking quashment of order no.25/JKTDC of 2019 dated 27th May 2019, imposing restriction upon their engagement as casual and consolidated labour.
Petitioners had also sought direction to the J&K Tourism Development Corporation to allow them to continue and release their wages, with a further direction to regularize their services.
“Perusal of the file would reveal that petitioners had been engaged on a casual basis and their tenure was extended from time to time, which was lastly extended from November 2017 to ending October 2019,” the court said.
According to petitioners, the court said, Circular no.30-GAD of 2019 dated 24th May 2019 is not applicable to them and they are required to be allowed to continue inasmuch as they have been engaged in corporation much before issuance of Circular.
“Section 14 (of Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Special Provisions) Act, 2010), on its bare perusal, would provide that from commencement of the Act of 2010, i.e., 29th April 2010, no appointment shall be made by any department against any post on ad hoc or contractual or consolidated or temporary basis and all vacant posts shall be filled up strictly in accordance with the rules governing the recruitment to the respective services or posts” the court said, adding, “Thus, there is complete restriction on appointments from 29th April 2010 to be made on ad hoc or contractual or consolidated or temporary basis.”
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