The Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu authorities and the Administrator of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Employees Pension Fund Trust to pay the enhanced dearness allowance to 86,000 retired employees of the State Transport Corporations prospectively with impact from November this yr onwards.
When hundreds of buses are being operated by the Transport Corporations all through the State and repeatedly the federal government comes ahead to give monetary help of a number of crore of rupees to bail out their monetary situation, but their pathetic state of affairs has not improved.
“This previous historical past and the current state of affairs would clearly disclose that every one is just not properly within the very administration and the functioning of the transport firms”, Justice J Sathya Narayana Prasad noticed.
The choose gave the path whereas disposing of a sub-application arising out of a contempt petition from the State Transport and Transport Corporations Retired Employees Welfare Association, not too long ago.
The utility sought to re-open the contempt utility, which had been filed in 2014 because the Trust had not carried out the orders handed within the authentic writ petition filed in 2012.
When the choose posed a question to the Additional Advocate-General, whether or not the DA is being paid to the employees of the opposite departments, he replied within the affirmative. Since the quantity of employees are a lot much less in different departments in contrast to that of the State Transport Corporations, the place there are 66,000 pensioners and 20,000 household pensioners, the month-to-month terminal expenditure to be incurred by the State Government might be Rs 81 crore roughly.
“There is not any justification within the above reply given by the AAG and the identical can’t be justified or sustained underneath any circumstances and it’s a clear case of discrimination and which is a violation of Article 14 of the Constitution,” the choose mentioned.
The choose noticed that the pensioners of the State Transport Corporations are being disadvantaged, discriminated in opposition to and remoted with regard to cost of enhanced DA.
Why such discriminatory angle is being adopted by the authorities in direction of the retired employees of the Transport Corporations, the choose puzzled. “Hence, this Court is of the thought of view that the monetary crunch can’t be a floor for depriving the enhanced DA to the pensioners, because the identical has been prolonged to all the opposite division employees and even for the serving Transport employees, the choose mentioned.