KOCHI: Kerala high court has ordered to retrench within one week empaneled conductors who have not completed 10 years in service. This is to facilitate the recruitment of conductors, recommended by PSC, in KSRTC reserve conductor posts.
It is said that the order will affect about 4300 empanelled conductors.
The division bench’s interim order has come in response to a petition filed by Palakkad Kanchikode native Antony Stejo and others, alleging that presence of empanelled conductors were blocking the recruitment of conductors in the PSC rank list to the post of Reserve Conductors.
Their similar petition was rejected by the Single bench on October 15. The Single bench’s observation was that the mere presence of name in the PSC list would not guarantee job in a post as long there is no vacancy in that post. The single bench also observed that the empanelled conductors were not made a party in the case. It was against this that the petitioners went for appeal.
While considering the appeal, the division bench pointed out that KSRTC had not filed an affidavit as per the interim order of December 3.
“As per the 2013 May 5 rank list, openings have been reported to the PSC. Hence empanelled conductors cannot continue in their job. Action should be taken within one week or else it will be treated as contempt of court,” the court says in its order.
Appeals will be considered again on December 17. However, in its 2103 November 21 order, the government had regularised those conductors with 10 years’ service and with minimum 120 days’ duty in a year. This was upheld by the high court and Supreme Court.
Now, the division bench’s order is to retrench other empaneled conductors except the above lot.