New Delhi: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Kolkata has directed the postal authorities to consider an application from an educated man who had lost his job in the pandemic and has no source of income to feed his family. The man had relied on a letter by the Director-General CAT that stated that preference would be given to candidates who have lost their main source of income while filling up the positions.
The tribunal has directed the postal authorities to look for a suitable vacant position.
The applicant had migrated to another state in search for a job as he had lost his previous job due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown. He had to return to his native village in West Bengal and was unable to provide sustenance to his family. He then filed an application requesting to be considered for a vacant position in the Postal department, bringing attention to a letter by the Director-General that stated that preference is to be given to candidates who have lost their main source of income while filling up the positions.
The counsel for the applicant relied on the Director’s statement and submitted that the applicant is an educated professional and should be given preference as there are available vacant positions in certain divisions. The Counsel requested the tribunal direct the competent authority to consider the representation made by the applicant on May 18, 2020.
The Coram of Bidisha Banerjee, a Judicial Member and Nandita Chatterjee, an Administrative Member, directed the government authority to examine the applicant’s representation and consider his candidature. The Tribunal has also asked the competent government authority to issue an order regarding the same so he could to ensure the sustenance his family.
– India Legal Bureau