The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the state-run Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) to give preference to its former contractual workers when they apply for new jobs.
"If ITDC decides to engage contractual workers, applicants shall have preferential right to be considered on age relaxation in case they apply for the same," the CAT said.
The Tribunal's order came as a relief for workers of ITDC, whose services came to an end after their contract regarding running of duty free shops of ITDC with Delhi International Airport Private Limited (DIAL) expired in 2007.
Applicants by virtue of being in service for long years with the ITDC have a preferential right on applying for the posts to be considered with age relaxation, the CAT said while referring to an apex court order over the issue.
The Tribunal said that the rule of law shall have to prevail in service jurisprudence.
"Right to employment has not been transformed into fundamental right under Constitution of India, yet consideration on equitable and fair basis in employment is a right guaranteed to a person," the CAT bench, comprising members Shanker Raju and Veena Chhotray, said.
The CAT passed the order on a petition by All India ITDC Workers Union and 17 others, seeking the status of regular employment for contractual workers operating duty free shops at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.