Employees DA Arrears: The matter of payment of outstanding DA arrears is continuously heating up in the state. In the past, there was a sit-in demonstration by the employees to demand the arrears of dearness allowance. At the same time, the High Court has also reprimanded the government for the unnecessary delay in payment of dues. Under the order of the court, now the employees have to be given the benefit of DA arrears within 3 days.
High Court reprimanded the government
The West Bengal government on Friday faced a rebuke from the High Court over the delay in payment of dearness allowance dues to the employees of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited. Justice Rajasekhar Mantha of the Kolkata High Court has directed WBSEDCL to clear all pending dues of the employees by December 6. On Friday, Justice Mantha was informed by advocate Saumya Majumdar that despite the court’s order, the DA dues to the employees have not yet been paid by the state government.
Review petition filed by the government
On which Advocate General SN Mukhopadhyay, on behalf of the state government, said that a review petition has been filed in the Calcutta High Court on the outstanding DA payment by the state government. Its hearing is to be held on December 14.
After hearing all the arguments, the Justice said that the filing of the review petition does not mean that the state government does not have to pay the dues of the employees. The balance amount must be paid first.
Right of DA employees- High Court
Along with this, the High Court has clarified that DA is the right of the employees, not charity, no organization can run without employees. That’s why there is a clear direction of the Supreme Court in the matter of DA payment. Keeping this in mind, the state government should pay the outstanding DA arrears of the employees at the earliest.
Allocated an amount of Rs 510 crore
Along with this, the High Court made it clear that the hearing on the review petition will now be held on January 6 instead of December 14. Before this the arrears of the employees should be paid. On which the state government’s counsel clarified that the state government is trying its best and an amount of Rs.510 crore has already been allocated for the purpose.