New Delhi: The Central government failed to get any relief, with the Supreme Court recently dismissing its petition in connection with the issue of not granting age relaxation and appointing more than 150 Central Secretariat Service (CSS) officers in its various Ministries.

Earlier, the Central Administrative Tribunal in its order had directed the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to appoint these middle management level Deputy Secretary officers, but the government on one plea or the other had delayed in complying with the order of the CAT and challenged it in the apex court.
It indeed shows the inadequacies and lackadaisical attitude of the government in complying with the order of the CAT.

According to sources, the career progress of the young CSS officers, coming through the prestigious Civil Services examination, remained in lurch due to the indifferent approach shown by the government. Surprisingly, the Centre has in several cases accepted and implemented the Supreme Court order by granting age relaxation and appointment of officers.

The government’s pathetic attitude in not employing the 150-odd officers put the Centre in a fix vis-à vis fighting a prolonged battle. It also seemed that the government is allegedly hand in glove with certain section of employees in not appointing these bright CSS officers at the right position.

The Supreme Court had in many cases passed judgments while granting age relaxation, promotion and appointment of officers in the concerned ministries, which the Centre had also complied with it. But the recent case indeed showed that the government has to play a proactive role in observing the courts orders. Otherwise there would be unnecessary court cases coming up for hearing to settle the disputes. 

It is to be noted in this context that much has been talked about the delay in rendering justice in the Indian judiciary. As of 2012, there are over 100 million cases pending in various courts in the country. Delay in rendering justice could force the citizens to lose faith in the system.


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