The Supreme Court had dismissed the writ petition filed in contravention to the termination of Liberalized Active retirement scheme for guaranteed employment safety staff for railway employees.
This initiative enabled a certain class of individuals in the railways to seek a voluntary retirement around the age of 55-57 or after 33 years of service and apply for an appointment for their children in their stead.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court opined that providing jobs to the wards of these employees is violative of Article 14 and Article 16 as they are being given the position without having to go through the entire ordeal of the required competitive exams.
By providing a back door entry and in turn, going against equality in the public employment sector, the need to reassess this scheme arose.
The Apex Court stated that the petitioners cannot claim to have vested interest or legitimate expectation under such scheme.
But the wards who were found to meet all the eligibility criteria before the 27th of October 2017 will be seen fit as the case was still pending before the court.
It was held that the scheme now stands terminated and no further action is to be taken in this regard.