HC notice to UT Administration on jobs to kin of freedom fighters
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A division bench comprising Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice A K Mittal today issued notices to the UT Administration on a PIL filed by advocate H C Arora.
The petitioner has sought reservation in employment for the children and grandchildren (including children of daughters) of the freedom fighters. The petitioner has submitted in his PIL that in 1988, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had asked all the states and union territories to provide jobs to the needy children/grandchildren of freedom fighters after duly verifying their economic conditions, keeping in view the invaluable contribution made by the freedom fighters to the cause of the national independence.
The petitioner stated that Punjab had already extended reservation in government employment to the extent of 1% to the children (sons and daughters), and also the grandchildren (including children of daughters of the freedom fighters) of freedom fighters in all categories of posts from Class I to Class IV.
However, the UT Administration, Chandigarh had failed to provide the benefit of reservation to the children of freedom fighters, despite the fact that the petitioner submitted a representation to the Administrator in January last.
The petitioner has contended that Chandigarh being directly under the Union Home Ministry cannot refuse to comply with the directions of the MHA.
The petitioner, thus, prayed that appropriate directions be issued to the UT Chandigarh administration to take a policy decision on this issue in the light of 1988 instructions issued by the MHA.