Officers challenge ‘secretively changed’ seniority list in HC

PANAJI: Aggrieved over the change of seniority list, at least four senior officers of the Goa Civil Service (GCS) have through a representation to the Union Home Ministry, the cadre controlling authority, and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), requested them to keep the proposal sent by the state government on hold till the matter of their seniority is decided by the Bombay High Court or till the earlier seniority is restored.
The senior GCS officials have brought to the notice of the director (services), in the Home Ministry, and the under secretary in the UPSC that the seniority list of the GCS was manipulated for sending to the UPSC for induction of officials into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
They have stated in their representation that grave injustice would be done to them if the UPSC goes ahead with the departmental promotion committee for induction into Goa segment, based on the changed seniority list, which was issued on August 19, 2014, after the previous seniority list issued on June 24, 2014, was changed.
The officials have brought to the notice of the central authorities and that of the UPSC that a proposal for induction of three top officials in the June 24, 2014, list (final seniority list) was sent to the UPSC for induction into the IAS, but suddenly the list was secretively and hurriedly changed without calling for objection from the officers likely to be affected due to the change of list.
The GCS officials have also brought to the notice of the Home Ministry as well as the UPSC officials that the sudden decision of the government to change the seniority list has demoralised them as their induction into the IAS would be affected and that the new seniority list has also been challenged in the Bombay High Court.
The officials feel that fixing their seniority to their disadvantage would seriously affect their future chances of promotion in service and that under the well-settled principles of natural justice, they ought to have been given notice before revising the seniority list. They have also stated that the new seniority list is arbitrary, ultra vires and illegal being in flagrant violation of the principles of natural justice.
They have also pointed out that tentative seniority list issued on February 18, 2013, expressly stated that objections received after the due date (March 15, 2013) would not be entertained and that it was inconceivable as to how the government could entertain the purported objections, representations after issuance of the final seniority list and further review or revise the list unilaterally without affording opportunity to other officers.
Meanwhile, a division bench of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the state government when the matter challenging the seniority list came up for hearing before it. The court has fixed September 24 as the next date of hearing.

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Source: The Navhind Times

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