UT Police constables are celebrating today’s verdict of the Central Administrative Tribunal. More than 600 of them will benefit by way of promotion to head constable.
With the orders of the Central Administrative Tribunal 604 UT police constables now have their feet firmly on the path of promotion. In its order, passed on Wednesday, the Chandigarh bench of the CAT directed the UT Police Department to promote constables on seniority cum merit basis. The direction is applicable to the presently available UT police vacancies.
Since 604 posts of head constables are lying vacant this means that the same number of constables will benefit. Lawyer Aman Arora said that the Bench directed the UT Police to implement the directive within one month from the date that the order is delivered in the office of the competent authority.
Arguing the constable’s case, Arora told the Tribunal that in 1982 rules were amended and 1591 constables were promoted on the basis of seniority cum merit. In 1988 the rule was again amended to make promotion on the basis of marks on a test instead of seniority cum merit. However the UT Police conducted the test only once and only one batch was promoted on under this rule.
In 2008 IGP UT made a written recommendation to the UT Administration advocating a return to the seniority cum merit criteria for promotion. The UT Administration forwarded the IGP’s recommendation to the Union Ministry of Home. The Ministry of Home responded by telling the UT Administration to proceed in the matter at its own level. During this interaction two batches of were promoted on the basis of seniority cum merit.
The UT Police has been following the Punjab Police pattern in which 70 per cent of the posts are filed on the basis of seniority-cum-merit, 25 per cent are filled on the basis of a competitive exam and 5 per cent are filled by outstanding sportspersons who have achieved outstanding distinction in national or international sports events. The CAT court rejected the Punjab process.
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