KAS: Appointments in Stream II and III on High Court’s Approval
The High Court of Kerala directed the state government to file an affidavit in response to a writ petition challenging the reservation provided for other backward classes for second and third streams of the Kerala Administrative Services (KAS). The High Court has issued an interim order on Thursday stating that the publishing of rank lists and issuing appointment order shall be made only with the court’s approval.
The writ petition was filed by Samastha Nair Samajam of Kollam. According to the petitioner, the first stream constituted direct recruitment from the general public while the second stream was meant for the existing non-gazetted government employees.
The third stream is for the existing gazetted government officers. When the scheme was introduced, no reservation had been provided for other backward classes for second and third streams, because they are appointments to KAS by way of promotion. Subsequently, the government had introduced reservation for second and third streams. The petitioner contended that it was in violation of the provisions of the Constitution and the law lay down by apex court.