Monday, March 28, 2011

CSIR scientist wins plea on promotion

The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Monday directed the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to reassess the promotion prospects of senior scientist Gauhar Raza and set aside an earlier assessment of Mr. Raza's work done by the CSIR's Peer Committee.
Mr. Raza, an M.Tech. from IIT, Delhi, joined the CSIR in 1982 as Scientist IV(3).
In a petition filed before CAT, he argued that the organisation had deliberately delayed his promotion and held a single sitting for assessing his promotion, overlooking four consecutive chances due to him.
This despite Mr. Raza scoring “outstanding” grades for all the years of assessment. He also said that the CSIR's governing body had arbitrarily changed the rules of “Assessment and Promotions' and falsified his performance indicators.
The tribunal observed that wrong information had been placed before the Peer Committee. Judges V.K. Bali and L.K. Joshi quashed and set aside the proceedings of assessment made by the Peer Committee and directed the CSIR to “reassess the applicant for promotion to Scientist IV(6).”

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