The High Court has directed the government to consider promotion of nine class 1V employees, who have qualified type-test against the posts of junior assistants in the education department.
The court has also stayed the "in-charge arrangement" as junior assistants of the class IV employees who have not qualified the type test.
While the court stayed the stopgap arrangement till objections are filed to the petition, it asked the government to consider promotion of nine class 1V employees having qualified type-test against the posts of junior assistants in education department.
As many as nine class IV employees had approached the court through their counsel Arif Skindar pleading that they were among the 18 employees who have qualified the type-test conducted by the education department through ITI Pulwama on January 17 this year.
"Out of these 18 candidates only six candidates have been promoted as junior assistants by director school education on June 26 against available vacancies," they said.
They pleaded that several class IV employees working as in charge junior assistants on stopgap arrangement for last three years have not qualified the type test despite been given repeated chances and thereby occupy the posts "illegally".
Advocate Arif submitted that the authorities concerned instead of making regular promotions placed the 14 class IV employees as junior assistants with the condition that they would qualify the written test within a period of six months.
"In terms of order no 869 DSEK of 2018 dated 29.9.2018 six class IV employees having qualified the type test conducted by IIT Pulwama have been promoted on the recommendation of departmental promotion committee in terms of order dated 29.6.2018 and the remaining 12 posts are not being filled up by giving benefit to the petitioners for having qualified the type test".
He submitted that 12 candidates (private respondents) having failed to qualify the type-test have been promoted as junior assistants on in-charge basis.