CAT | Postal Authorities directed to consider applicant for suitable vacant position in order to ensure sustenance of his family; applicant lost his job in wake of prevailing Covid-19 crisis

Central Administrative Tribunal, Kolkata: The Coram of Bidisha Banerjee (Judicial Member) and Nandita Chatterjee (Administrative Member) allowed the application granting the desired relief to the ailing applicant.

The applicant is an educated professional who had migrated to another state in search of livelihood. Given the current calamitous circumstances owing to the Covid19 pandemic, he ended up losing his job and returned to his native village in West Bengal, dejected. As a result of this unprecedented turn of events, the very survival of his family got jeopardized since he lost his source of income. Now, the applicant has pleaded for consideration of his exceptional case against any suitable vacancy in the postal Department.

The applicant has brought to light and extract from the letter by the Director-General. The crux of the said extract is that while filling up the positions, preference is to be given to candidates who have lost their main source of income.

Counsel for the applicant, P.C. Das submitted that going by the aforementioned extract, preference should be given to the applicant who happens to be an educated professional. Further, positions are lying vacant in certain divisions where the applicant can be accommodated. The counsel requested the tribunal for issuance of a direction to the competent authority regarding consideration of the representation dated 18-05-2020.

In view of the above the tribunal, being satisfied, directed the Competent Government Authority to examine the applicant’s representation and consider his candidature against a suitable post and issue an order with respect to the same so as to ensure the sustenance of the applicant and his family and alleviate his situation.[Laltu Pal v. Union of India, 2020 SCC OnLine CAT 328, decided on 04-08-2020]

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