Govt proposes Rs 10 lakh compensation instead of appointments on compassionate grounds

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government has proposed to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to dependents of employees who have passed away while in service instead of appointments on compassionate grounds.

Regarding the same, the Chief Secretary will hold discussions with the government employees' organizations on January 10. Meanwhile, the state government also proposed the fourth Saturday to be considered a holiday every month.

The move from the government came in the backdrop of a High Court order mandating that only five per cent of the vacancies in each post in a year in all offices should be made available for compassionate ground appointments.

However, this decision will likely prolong appointments in the future. Further, all applicants cannot be granted an appointment on compassionate grounds.

Meanwhile, it is alleged that the state government is trying to undermine the existing system in the context of the High Court verdict. Many criticized that families would be barred from benefits if such appointments ceased. Additionally, the introduction of a contributory pension scheme will also severely affect families.

The government argues that there is no other option in the context of the court order and dismisses possibilities of legal action against the verdict.

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