The posts of welfare workers were created during the DMK regime in 1996, and they were supposed to monitor implementation of various welfare measures at the village level.
They were all ousted in 2001, only to be posted again during the 2006-2011 DMK regime. They were rendered jobless after the present government removed them from jobs and disbanded the posts.
The case was treated closed by a division bench in 2013, after the then office-bearers accepted a one-time settlement according to which they would get a few months' salaries.
However, another section of the workers refused to accept the settlement, and they moved the Supreme Court. It was on the direction of the apex court that a division bench of Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice M Sathyanarayanan heard the matter.
On Tuesday, acceding to submissions of senior counsel P Wilson, the bench asked government to appoint them in available vacancies in different departments on or before October 31. Otherwise, they should be given their last drawn salaries till they were given regular jobs, the court said.
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