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Vidhyarthi Mitra Scheme is illegal: Rajasthan High Court

Thursday, 21 November 2013 - 1:22pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: dna

The Rajasthan High Court declared the Vidhyarthi Mitra Scheme illegal, saying the Rajasthan Subordinate Service Rules and Panchayati Raj Rules do not provide for appointment of such ‘Mitra’.

The court also said that regular appointments should be made for these posts. In its decision, the court said the decision on the appeal pending in the main bench will also be applicable to the petitioners.

The single bench of Justice Manish Bhandari passed the order, rejecting the petition by Mahendra Singh and other three dozen petitions.

Notably, in the Jodhpur bench of the Rajasthan High Court had already held this scheme as illegal on October 21.

In the petition, it was said the petitioners have been employed as Vidhyarthi Mitra on contract for the last five years and the contract ends in April 2014.

Due to the appointment of permanent candidates, the contractual employees are being removed.

Meanwhile, the state government also informed the court that there was no provision of the appointment of Vidhyarthi Mitra in the rules and the main bench has already held the scheme as illegal. On this, the court ordered to implement the decision of the main bench and held the scheme as illegal.

SC appoints observer for RCA elections:
The Supreme Court on Wednesday appointed Justice NM Kasliwal as the principal observer of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) elections. The court also appointed Justice SP Pathak as the election observer for the said elections of the cricketing body.

It allowed the observers to change the dates of the said elections if they deem fit.
A division bench of the High Court comprising Justice Anil R Dabe and Justice Deepak Mishra passed the order on a petition by Kishore Rungta on Wednesday.

The Rajasthan Cricket Association informed the court that as it has already appointed Justice Pathak as the observer there is no need to appoint another one. On this, the court said since Justice Kasliwal has already acted as an observer earlier, he has been appointed as the chief observer.

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