PUDUCHERRY:Stating that there is a move to amend the recruitment rules for the Judicial department employees whereby their cadre control would be shifted from the Puducherry government to the High Court of Madras, the DMK on Friday urged the Rangasamy government to take immediate steps to thwart the same.
DMK(South) convener R Siva said that a situation has arisen where the Puducherry administration may lose administrative control of the judiciary. He added that though the judiciary here is functioning on the directions of the Madras High Court, the administrative control of the staff is with the territorial administration.
The staff are being appointed by the government through a competitive examinations conducted here for the locals. Further the salary for the employees including the Judges posted to the courts here are being paid by the Puducherry administration, he further said.
He charged that any attempt to change the status quo amounts to snatching away the powers of a democratically elected government.
He also said that once the judicial staff were brought under the complete control of the Madras High court, the employees will be transferred to different parts of Tamil Nadu.
In such a scenario, the locals of Puducherry will find it difficult to secure residential certificates in Tamil Nadu and their wards would not be able not get reservation in education, Siva added.
The employees of the courts here are locals and their basic rights should not be taken away.
When others who were appointed along with them and posted in other departments are working in Puducherry, it is not proper to deprive the judicial employees of their rights.
Coming down on Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy, Siva said election after election,the Chief Minister has been stressing on statehood for Puducherry.
However, CM Rangasamy has failed to take any concerted steps to obtain statehood, he said adding that the Chief Minister has not taken an all-party delegation comprising of leaders and legislators to New Delhi to press the statehood issue with the President or the Prime Minster, or the Home Minister.
He has also failed to seek the support of leaders of national political parties on the issue, Siva alleged.