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Notices to I&B Secretary, UPSC

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Principal Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) here has issued notices to the Union Information & Broadcasting Secretary, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Secretary, the Director-General of All India Radio, and others on a petition by the Programme Staff Welfare Association of All India Radio & Doordarshan challenging promotions to the post of Programme Executive in violation of the rules and instructions.

Issuing the notices, a Division Bench comprising the Chairman, Justice V.S. Aggarwal, and Justice M.K. Mishra, Member (A), of the Tribunal said: "Taking note of the totality of the facts and circumstances of the case, it is directed that notices be served on the respondents, returnable on May 9 before the Deputy Registrar completion of pleadings.''

The petitioner alleged that due to the alleged illegality, several Programme Executives had been illegally made junior to more than 150 undeserving beneficiaries of the promotion.

Many of the Programme Executives were aggrieved by the alleged arbitrary action of the respondents in giving promotions to erstwhile Transmission Executives in excess of the quota for them, causing losses to direct recruits who were entitled to placement in a particular year in the event of vacancies, the petition said.

In fact, there were seven vacancies for promotion to the rank of Programme Executive in 1983, which were filled. However, it was challenged in the Jabalpur Bench of the Tribunal. The Bench disposed of the matter with directions to the respondents to revise the eligibility list for the promotion to the post and make it subject to availability of vacancies, the petition said.

The petitioner further alleged that the respondents misinterpreted the directions and made promotions to the post not only in excess of the quota but also from the date on which the promotees had not even been included in the cadre.

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