Contract workers can’t claim regularisation as right: Madras HC

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Contract workers can’t claim regularisation as right: Madras HC

The said workers had been engaged by some contractors for TWAD Board projects and they worked continuously for 480 days in two consecutive years.

Published: 26th November 2020 07:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th November 2020 07:18 AM  |  A+A-

By Express News Service

MADURAI: Observing that contract employees cannot claim regularisation as their right, the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court allowed a batch of petitions filed by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board against orders passed by a labour inspector regularising the service of a few contract workers. The said workers had been engaged by some contractors for TWAD Board projects. As they worked continuously for 480 days in two consecutive years, the Inspector of Labour of Madurai conferred permanent status to them. Challenging the said orders, the Board approached the court.

Justice S M Subramaniam, allowing the TWAD Board’s petitions, observed that conferring permanent status in such a manner would lead to corruption. “The Constitutional rights of all eligible candidates, who are aspiring to secure public employment, would remain infringed,” he added.

Moreover, as far as TWAD Board is concerned, recruitments, regularisations or permanent absorptions are to be made strictly in consonance with the service regulations of the Board, the judge said. “Any other order passed by authorities under the general law, running counter to the service regulations of the TWAD Board, cannot be implemented at all,” he held.


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