Hyderabad: A three judge panel of the Telangana High Court upheld the decision of the government in providing 30 points out of 100 points for government contract service employees. The GO 166 issued by the Health Department, the GO 216 issued by the General Administration in September 2017 and various subsequent notifications issued by the Telangana State Public Service Commission and other recruitment agencies of State were challenged before the Court. The GO provides for default score of 30 points out of 100 to the contract employees and outsourcing employees who are working in the government departments. The petitioners contended the GOs and notification would be unfair against the petitioners who are capable and eligible for the posts. The government on the other hand convinced the court that the employees who have already served in the same post can have advantage. The panel comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan, Justice A Rajashekar Reddy and Justice P Naveen Rao on Friday accordingly dismissed a batch of 16 writ petitions.
Ban on tobacco products stayed
The two judge panel of the Telangana High Court comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijayasen Reddy on Friday stayed an order of the government banning manufacturing, storing and sale of tobacco products like Zarda Khaini and other tobacco products. The panel is dealing with a batch of writ pleas filed by Ganesh Kirana Stores and others from various parts of the State. They contended that the said direction of the Home department was contrary to Section 3 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003. The panel said it would hear all related matters at once and adjourned the matter.
Centre asked to file response
The same panel on Friday wondered why the Central Government was not able to file its response in the matter pertaining to implementation of Right to Education Act. The panel was dealing with a batch of writ petitions which challenged the non-implementation of Section 121C of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 which mandates allocating at least 25 per cent of the admissions in the Class I and preschool education to children of weaker sections and disadvantaged groups in all private schools . Petitioners also sought directions to withdraw the recognitions to all the private Schools that do not implement the said Act. The panel granted a week time to Assistant Solicitor General, N Rajeshwar Rao to submit his response.
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