High Court: Consider dependants of ex-servicemen for posts of nurses

Disposing of a petition seeking directions to set aside the corrigendum, in which it had been stated that dependents of ex-servicemen are not entitled to get benefits under the ex-servicemen quota, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday directed the UT Administration and others to do the selection of nurses in accordance with the Punjab Recruitment Ex-Service Rules 1982 and consider the dependents of the quota expeditiously within two months.

The directions came from a Division Bench comprising of chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice Raskesh Kumar Jain while acting on a petition filed by Richa Sharma of UT.

The petitioner had sought directions to the UT Administration, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Zila Sanik Welfare Officer, Haryana and the Punjab Nurses Registration Council.

The petitioner, who is a daughter of an ex-serviceman of the Indian Army had completed her B Sc in nursing from Kurukshetra University (KU), Kurukshetra and is a qualified nurse according to the nursing registration council.

In December 2011 the UT had issued a public notice for the appointments of staff nurses.

In August 2012 the petitioner had applied for the post under the ex-servicemen quota.

The written examination for the appointments was conducted in August 2012, but later, the petitioner was not considered for the post.

The court stated that Chandigarh has decided to follow the provisions as contained in the Punjab Recruitment Ex-servicemen Rules 1982 which provide that ex-servicemen also include the line of descendents. On this basis, it is stated that the dependents of ex-servicemen also get the same benefits.

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