HC dismisses petition challenging engagement of school chowkidars

HC dismisses petition challenging engagement of school chowkidars
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Srinagar: The J&K High Court dismissed a petition challenging the government decision to engage 20000 fresh chowkidars (Watch and Ward) for government schools.
The petitioners (Mudasir Ahmad Beigh and others) had challenged the government order (no. 690-Edu of 2018 dated 18.5.2018 and endorsement no. Edu/Plan-SE/898/2018-19 dated 18.5.2018) on the basis that the petitioners were working in the Education Department for the last two decades in the capacity of sweeper-cum-chowkidar and thus were entitled to regularization in terms of the rules instead of fresh recruitment on these posts.
Dismissing the petition, the single bench of Justice M K Hanjura remarked that only when the posts are created and if the engagees are allowed to steal a march over the heads of the petitioners and regularized, the petitioners will get a cause to assert their right.
“The government order does not have the color of the creation of posts which may be temporary or permanent ones in nature and it provides that the School Education department shall appropriately work out a framework/ mechanism for regularization of these engagees after seven years of continuous and satisfactory engagement separately,” the court said.
The court held that “In view of the preceding analysis, the petitions of the petitioners do not merit any consideration.