Seniority of persons appointed on compassionate ground
DOP&T’s O.M. No.14014/6/94-Estt.(D) dated the 9th October, 1998 provides for the Scheme for Compassionate Appointment in Central Government. Para 15 of the said Scheme provide that:
(a) The inter-se seniority of persons appointed on compassionate grounds may be fixed with reference to their date of appointment. Their interpolation with the direct recruits/promotees may also be made with reference to their date of appointment without disturbing the inter-se seniority of direct recruits/promotees.
(b) Date of joining by a person appointed on compassionate grounds shall be treated as the date of his/her regular appointment.
A number of references were received in this Department seeking clarification as to the fixation of seniority of a person appointed on compassionate ground vis-à-vis direct recruits and promotees in a particular cadre. It is observed that while the afore-said principle has been working fine, there has been difficulty in fixation of seniority when two or more candidates come from direct recruitment/promotion joined the service on different dates. The matter has been reviewed and it has now been decided that the person appointed on compassionate ground in a particular year may be placed at the bottom of all the candidates recruited/appointed through direct recruitment, promotion etc. in that year, irrespective of the date of joining of the candidate on compassionate ground.