The West Bengal government today told the Calcutta High Court that there is no provision for giving jobs on compassionate ground in municipal bodies of the state.
Parul Das (nee Barui) and 13 others, whose father or mother died while working at Kulti Municipality in the state, moved the high court seeking direction to the state government to give jobs to them on compassionate ground.
Government pleader Joyotosh Majumdar submitted on behalf of the state before Justice Debangshu Basak that except in the Panchayat department, there is no scheme for appointment of dependents of staff who died in harness in any state undertaking or municipal body.
All the petitioners are working on daily wage basis at Asansol Municipal Corporation. They are former workers of Kulti Municipality before the merger of the municipality and formation of Asansol Municipal Corporation, their lawyer Uday Shankar Chatterjee said.
The petitioners have been working on daily wage basis for different periods ranging from four years to eight years, he said.
Hearing in the matter was adjourned by the court till June 20.(PTI).