Manipur High Court awards double promotion to a state govt. employee

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In the last 20 years of his service, Tourangbam Netrajit Singh, an employee of state run Manipur Pollution Control Board was to be promoted to Senior Scientific Assistant, but there was not a single elevation for him.

Tourangbam Netrajit Singh, an employee of state run Manipur Pollution Control Board was awarded double promotions by Single Bench Manipur High Court.

Singh had joined Manipur Pollution Control Board as a casual employee in 1994. He was appointed as sample collector. Later in 1997, he was absorbed as a permanent employee.

In the last 20 years of his service, he was to be promoted to Senior Scientific Assistant, but there was not a single elevation for him.

In 2016, instead of promoting Singh as the Senior Scientific Assistant, Manipur Pollution Control Board released an advertisement for the job and filled the position through direct recruitment instead of promoting Singh.

Singh then filed a legal case which went on for 12 years.

MPCB is an autonomous body, its employees do not get any benefits of Assured Career Progression (ACP) scheme. Singh had submitted a number of representations to MPCB to amend the recruitment rules.

However keeping the tenure of his service in mind, Justice Kh Nobin Singh, directed Manipur Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to provide two promotions to the employee in the next higher scale of pay upon his completion of 10 years and 20 years in service, with the necessary fund to be provided by the State Government in the form of grant in aid or any other forms.

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