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'Reservation rules violated in agriculture department'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, March 21, 2013
First Published: 18:34 IST(21/3/2013) | Last Updated: 19:58 IST(21/3/2013)

Paramjit Singh Kainth, president of The Chamar Mahan Sabha has alleged that the state government had failed to provide the stauatory reservation to SC/BC category candidates, during the recruitment of Agricultural Development Officers in the agriculture department.

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"In the final merit list declared by department, candidates belonging to the reserved category, but who have secured merit among the general/pen merit, were not absorbed in open merit. This is a well-known principle of law that candidates from the reserved category of SC/BC who can compete in open merit have to be considered as open merit candidates," said Kainth.

He claimed that "This was in accordance with the instructions of the governments and various judgements of honourable supreme court and the and high court."

"The agriculture department has not considered SC and BC candidates in open merit, even those who have secured higher marks than candidates in the general category. This is an attempt made by the agriculture department to deny and deprive the rights of SC and BC candidates for seeking appointment as ADO by not giving appointments to meritorious candidates in open category," Kainth alleged.

"This department is directly under the chief minister. In spite of several recommendations, no action has been action. The government should do its duty by providing reservation under the law. We also want the declaration of a fresh merit list."

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