Come up with considerate scheme for army porters: SC to Centre

NEW DELHI: Supreme Court today asked the Centre to come up with a “considerate” scheme to regularise 12,000 civilian porters working with the Indian Army, saying they should “see some light at the end of the tunnel”.

“There is more of a negative than positive in the scheme. You should not be against their absorption. If somebody has worked for 20 years carrying your luggage and ammunition and other things, don’t you think that there has to be some human consideration,” a bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice A M Khanwilkar said.

Additional Solicitor General P S Patwalia appearing for Centre said a scheme has been worked out for hiring of such porters, the procedure and nature of such engagement, insurance policy, one-time financial grant against minimum service of 10 years and canteen service upto Rs 1000.

The bench, which seemed unhappy with the scheme, said these porters should look at the scheme as “a way forward and can say will have something for their subsistence.” (AGENCIES)


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