CAT Direction to Union Govt. On Claim of Retired Haryana Forest Officers
TRIBUNAL DIRECTED UNION GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER THE CLAIM OF SEVEN RETIRED HARYANA FOREST SERVICE OFFICERS
Seven retired Haryana Forest Service officers approached Central Administrative Tribunal, after their names were missing in Union government issued notification in May 2020 appointing various persons as Indian Forest Service officers.
Petitioners are retired Haryana Forest Service officers moved to tribunal to give directions to union government to consider their case for induction into IFS as per the selection lists of 2008-2009.
As per IFS regulations, 1996, a State Forest Service officer becomes eligible for induction into IFS against promotion quota after eight years of service.
The petitioners claimed that due to disputed seniority lists and court cases, recruitment to IFS by way of promotion could not be finalised for the years 2008- 2015, despite availability of vacancies and their eligibility. It was following high court’s direction that seniority list was issued in 2015 and meeting of selection committee for induction of SFS officers into IFS was held in 2018 for years 2008-2015. By this time, applicants had retired. However, Haryana government proposed that all 16 HFS officers, including applicants in selection lists of 2008- 2015, may be appointed as IFS officers to Union government.
The tribunal chaired by Sanjeev Kaushik and Ajanta Dayalan observed, “It is undisputed that state of Haryana has specifically recommended 16 HFS officers (including the applicants) may be induced to IFS. It is also not in dispute that at relevant point of time, the applicants were eligible, available and within the zone of considerations”. Tribunal directed Union government to consider the claim of seven retired Haryana Forest Service officers for grant of benefit for induction into Indian Forest Services against their relevant select lists.
“The applicants cannot be made to suffer on the part of delay caused by the authorities…on the relevant date they were in employment and as such cannot be denied appointment to IFS,” it added.
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