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K.M.DANDAPANI v. FACT - OP No. 18589 of 2000(K)  RD-KL 9742 (7 June 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMOP No. 18589 of 2000(K)
For Petitioner :SRI.C.P.SUDHAKARA PRASAD (SR.)
For Respondent :SRI.V.RAJENDRAN
The Hon'ble MR. Justice THOTTATHIL B.RADHAKRISHNAN
O R D E R
THOTTATHIL B.RADHAKRISHNAN, J.O.P.No.18589 OF 2000
Dated this the 7th day of June, 2007
The petitioners were recruited direct from the open market as Technicians (Mechanical) in the Petrochemical Division (hereinafter referred to as 'PD', for short) of FACT. Respondents 3 and 4 were employed in the Udyogamandal Division (hereinafter referred to as 'UD', for short) of FACT. Following a Promotion Policy Settlement dated 16.11.1995, having regard to the requirement for movement of personnel from UD to PD, respondents 3 and 4 were brought into PD on 10.2.1989, a date after the petitioners had entered into service in PD, by direct recruitment. However, by virtue of the Promotion Policy Settlement, in particular, clause 4.1.1. thereof, while the interse seniority of employees joining PD from UD on selection would be as per the relevant conditions stipulated in the individual appointment orders, they will be deemed to have joined PD on 22.6.1988. By the operation of that provision in OP.18589/00 Page numbers the settlement between the employer FACT and the recognised trade unions, respondents 3 and 4, who came into PD on being appointed as Technicals (Mechanical), got a notional date of joining as 22.6.1988. That date is obviously earlier to the actual entry of the petitioners into the service of FACT. Respondents 3 and 4, therefore, found a place above the petitioners in the seniority list of Technicians (Mechanical).
2. Petitioners are aggrieved by their placing below respondents 3 and 4 in the seniority list of Technicians (Mechanical) and they aspired to be considered for being appointed by promotion to the category of Senior Technician and thereafter, to Process Engineer (Thermal Plant), in preference to respondents 3 and 4. Their contentions are two fold. Firstly, according to them, clause 4.1.1. would apply only to personnel entering PD from UD and it cannot be applied to determine the interse seniority between such personnel and the direct recruits that enter PD from the open market. Secondly, it is urged that in so far as the promotion to the category of Process Engineer (Thermal Plant) is concerned, the notional fixation of the date of OP.18589/00 Page numbers entry into PD cannot be treated as conferring of employees like respondents 3 and 4 to an earlier date of entry into PD service for reckoning their experience in the feeder category for considering them for appointment as Process Engineer (Thermal Plant).
3. In so far as the first contention is concerned, the date of entry into service is a land mark in one's career and that cannot vary from situation to situation. This is because, the date of entry into service is a relevant date for almost all the various matters attendant to the service of an individual. The short question then would be as to whether it is irrational, illegal or unconstitutional for an employer in public sector to provide a notional date of entry in certain peculiar circumstances. This is evident from the materials on record that persons from UD had to be moved into PD having regard to the ASCL project, which later on turned out to be a division, that managerial requirement of the institution was a matter which was deliberated upon by the management and the recognised trade unions of the employees, which resulted in the Promotion Policy Settlement OP.18589/00 Page numbers dated 16.11.1995. Clause 4.1.1. in that policy is not under any direct challenge in this writ petition. Yet, on an entire consideration of the institutional requirement, the fixation of such a notional date of entry into PD service, for those coming in from UD, cannot be found fault with. If that be so, the entry date of respondents 3 and 4 into PD service qua the petitioners who are direct recruits from open market into PD service, cannot be different from the deemed date of entry of respondents 3 and 4 in terms of the aforesaid promotion policy. Hence, the seniority between petitioners and respondents 3 and 4 in the category of Technician (Mechanical) have to be determined by applying the deeming provisions contained in clause 4.1.1. of the Promotion Policy Settlement, thereby fixing the deemed date of entry of respondents 3 and 4 into PD service as 22.6.1988. The first contention of the petitioners, therefore, fails.
4. In so far as the contention regarding 12 years experience
for being considered for appointment
as Process Engineer
(Thermal Plant), in terms of the promotion policy, it needs to be
noticed that the experience
required is not confined to the
in the feeder category, but is "12 years experience in
relevant discipline in the Company". Therefore,
experience to be gained to satisfy that condition is the
experience that an incumbent gets in the
relevant discipline, the
relevancy of which depends upon the category to which the
promotion is being
made and which experience is a matter of
assessment by the appointing authority in the selection process.
I find no room to interfere with the said clause since the
requirement insists that 12
years experience could be in the
feeder category. Hence the second contention of the petitioners
In the result, this writ petition does not succeed. The same
is accordingly dismissed. No costs.
THOTTATHIL B. RADHAKRISHNAN, JO.P.NO.18589 OF 2000
7th JUNE, 2007.
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