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Compassionate ground appointment for deserving candidate is neither ‘prasad’ nor an act of charity: Madras High Court

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New Delhi (ILNS): The Madras High Court has slammed BSNL for refusing a compassionate-ground appointment for a deserving candidate, saying that it was its responsibility and not temple “prasad” or an act of charity.

A plea was filed by G Vijaya Prassana seeking employment under compassionate grounds after the death of his father, who was an employee of BSNL. Prassana’s father K Gajendran died in 2003 while working as a telegraph man in BSNL.

It was after the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) denied the petitioner the benefit of compassionate appointment, that he moved the court.

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The two member bench of Justice M. Sathyanarayanan and Justice R. Hemalatha stated that the death of a sole breadwinner will cause a huge imbalance in any family especially when the family is in the low-income group.

The high court has revoked the CAT order and asked BSNL to consider the compassionate appointment within three months. The court order said:

“The essence of the process of compassionate appointment is empathy but to the contrary, there has been only apathy in the case.”

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