HC orders TNPSC to publish reserve list, fill up vacancies

Madurai: Tamilnadu Public Service Commission was ordered by the Madras High Court yesterday to publish the reserve list of candidates who had applied for various posts in government service as mandated in the TNPSC rules and fill up all vacancies.

The court was hearing a petition filed by a Scheduled Caste candidate Paramanandham who wrote the TNPSC examination in 2014. Justice R Mahadevan said he was eligible for appointment in the vacancies that have arisen due to non-joining or joining and leaving of selected candidates and then disposed of the petition.

It was observed that TNPSC had not published the reserve list and had instead issued notification for fresh recruitment. This resulted in denial of appointment of Paramanandham, even though he took part in the earlier selection process and was called thrice.

The judge said information obtained under the RTI Act would reveal there were a lot of vacancies, including in the SC category, due to leaving or non-joining of candidates. Under the TNPSC rules, a reserve list containing not less than 25 per cent of the candidates of each group, including those in the regular list, should be published.

The Judge directed authorities to consider the candidature of the petitioner against the existing vacancies and issue appointment order if it came within the vacancy limit pursuant to the notification on 6 February 2014.

The judge further warned that if the recruitment process continued in the present mode and if any deviation was found in future, it would be viewed seriously.

NT Bureau