High Court of judicature at Allahabad recently gave a ruling that an adopted son is as eligible for compassionate appointment as a real son. Several undertakings both in public and private have been denying such appointments on the ground that it is applicable only in the case of real son/ daughter and those who have been granting appointments to the deceased's dependants have been doing so as a matter of their discretion. The ruling undoubtedly gives relief to many who otherwise could have been rendered ineligible. Compassionate appointments are an area which concern the family most after their bread earners die or are severely incapacitated. An issue by legal adoption is supposed to be the legal heir of the deceased otherwise too and by confirming such a position by way of a ruling in the matter the Court has done justice to a large number of people who were in the lurch in the absence of some employment.