Madras HC upholds order on scoring minimum marks in Tamil language paper for gov't jobs

Justice GR Swaminathan of the Madras High Court dismissed writ petitions filed by ten English medium aspirants for Group IV Service in Tamil Nadu Combined Civil Services
The court dismissed the petition stating that in matters concerning recruitment
The court dismissed the petition stating that in matters concerning recruitmentEdexLive Desk

The Madras High Court (HC) has upheld an order of the Tamil Nadu government which stated that scoring a minimum of 40 out of 150 marks in a Tamil language proficiency paper was a precondition to evaluate general studies paper. This was stated in a report by IANS.

Today, Friday, May 31, Justice GR Swaminathan of the Madras High Court, dismissed writ petitions filed by ten English medium aspirants for Group IV Service in Tamil Nadu Combined Civil Services.

The petitioners had challenged a Government Order (GO) issued on December 1, 2021, and also a consequential notification issued by the Tamil Nadu Public Services Commission (TNPSC) on January 30, 2024, for filling up 6,244 vacancies.

Justice Swaminathan agreed with the argument of the Advocate General and also took note that Section 21-A was introduced in 2021 and many recruitments had taken place since then.

He said, “As rightly pointed out by the learned Advocate General, government servants holding Group IV posts will have to have direct interaction with the people... They should be able to fluently converse and write in Tamil. This is a sine qua non for the efficient discharge of their functions and duties. This can be found out only by making them write the eligibility paper in Tamil.”

Senior counsel S Nalini Chidambaram appearing for the petitioners had argued that the marks scored in general studies paper alone be taken into consideration for recruitment because otherwise, candidates proficient in the local language would score full 150 marks in the Tamil paper and get recruited comfortably, even if they hardly score anything in general studies.

Justice Swaminathan refused to accept her argument that the marks scored in the Tamil paper should be taken into consideration only for the limited purpose of finding out whether the candidates could score a minimum of 40 per cent when it comes to local language proficiency and that those marks in the language paper should otherwise be completely ignored while drawing the merit list.

The court dismissed the petition stating that in matters concerning recruitment, the employer can prescribe the qualifications and unless it is illegal or without jurisdiction, the court ought not to interfere.

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