Employment case of poor woman heard after 14 years

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Agartala, Sep 30: Agartala bench of the Guwahati High Court has issued a notice to the Tripura police to reply within six weeks following refusal to induct a lady who had been selected for the Homeguard job 14 years back.

According to the report, Jharna Banik of South Tripura had received a letter from the Homeguard's commandant last year, which referred to section 6(B)(1) of the Bombay Homegurads Act for unauthorised absence from duty for the past 14 years.

Ms Banik was surprised with the letter and came to know that she was selected for the post in 1992 but she did not receive the appointment letter.
She faced the threat of disciplinary action from the appointing authority for unauthorised absence from duty for such a long time.

Ms Banik moved the court and with the judge's order, the commandant told her to join the service after filling the form but soon after the Commandant's letter, the DGP issued another letter stating that it would not be possible to induct her in the service as per the previous enrolment.

Finally, she moved the High Court and Justice Hirendra Nath Sharma last week expressed his dissatisfaction over the issue and asked the police to give reply with next six weeks.

Ms Banik, who is 37 years of age, is living in poverty, as she cannot even manage a square meal.

''The authorities should rectify the wrongdoing and give the poor woman the job without any further delay,'' Ms Banik's lawyer senior advocate Arun Chandra Bhowmik said.


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