CAT seeks Govt response on unfilled posts

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Feb 28: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today issued notice and sought reply from the Government to the plea challenging the Government order on the posts referred to Public Service Commission (PSC) and Service Selection Board (SSB) prior to October 30, 2019 which have been withdrawn.
The CAT bench after hearing advocate Mir Suhail who challenged the order in question, issued notice to Government and sought objection/ reply to the contentions raised by the advocate in his plea. The Government on February 3 issued an order where-under all posts which were referred to PSC and SSB prior to 30.10.2019 and selection to these posts have not been finalized have been deemed to be withdrawn with immediate effect.
The two aggrieved candidates have challenged the order to the extent of posts of Audiometry Technician in 2019 on the ground that the withdrawal of posts is wrong as they have already qualified the written test for the post and documentation verification has already been done and only the subject specialist was to be deputed from the concerned department.
It is alleged that since the authorities slept over the matter and till date have not taken any concrete steps to depute a subject specialist to the SSB for completing the selection process. CAT has sought response from Principal Secretary H&ME, GAD and SSB as also from Registrar, J&K Paramedical Council, GMC Jammu.
The SSB vide notice dated 1.2.2019 advertised 247 posts including Audiometry Technician and the applicants in their plea submitted that order withdrawing posts has subjected them to discriminatory treatment and has violated their fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 14, 16 and 21 of the Constitution.
Advocate Suhail submitted that all posts of advertisement under which the posts of Audiometry Technician were advertised, have been filled up and only the posts in question have remained unfilled due to non-availability of communication by the SSB but till date the authorities have not acted upon and have not deputed subject specialist to the SSB resulting into delay in the selection of applicants.