'Horizontal Reservation' in Banking Associate posts

The High Court on Wednesday asked J&K Bank to respond within a week to a plea by ex-servicemen against 6 per cent ‘Horizontal Reservation’ in Banking Associate posts advertised recently by the bank.

A bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey also directed the Bank to open online registration  of applications for the petitioners for four days starting from July 30 to “enable them submit the application forms on their own risk and responsibility.”

In their plea filed through advocate ArifSikander, the petitioners submitted that are aggrieved of the online notification dated 02.07.2020 bearing advertisement No. JKB/HRD/Rectt/2020-73 issued by bank, advertising the posts of Banking Associates for recruitment.

Advocate Skiander submitted that the benefit of reservation rules notified in 2004 has been applied to the J&K by the Bank for the present recruitment process which is evident from Clause 8 of the advertisement notice.

He submitted that though reservation benefit was made available to ex-servicemen, they are “deprived because of the revised pay scale which is more than prescribed pay scale of Rs. 10,500.”

He said that pay scale as regards the reservation of ex-servicemen was in terms of 5th pay commission and the pay scale has been revised twice since then in terms of 6th and 7th pay commission. “The Government of J&K has not processed the amendment in the pay scale qua revision of pay which prejudices the right of the petitioners,” he submitted. He said that all the selection authorities of J&K while issuing notification for advertisement of posts, are mentioning the pre-revised pay scale  regarding entitlement of ex-servicemen, as has been done by the J&K Service Selection Board while advertising the post of Accountant Assistant (Panchayat) in Department of Rural Development &Panchayati Raj, in on July 6.

“Prima facie it appears that the Bank has mutatis mutandis applied reservation rules of the UT to the recruitment process qua Exservicemen also but there is no protection of the pay scale by mentioning revised which amounts to depriving the petitioners to the extent of 6% (horizontal reservation),” the court said and issued notice returnable within one week.

While listing of the petition on August 7, the court directed the Bank to open online registration of applications for the petitioners for four days from  Thursday to enable them to submit the application forms on their own risk and responsibility. “The same shall be subject to further orders of this Court,” the court said.