HC seeks papers on DA parity

The high court asked two unions of Bengal government employees on Tuesday to submit documents to substantiate their claims that other states paid dearness allowances (DA) on a par with the central government.

The division bench headed by Justice Debasish Kargupta issued the directive while hearing pleas by the unions seeking an order to the state government to pay DA at the same rate as the Centre.

Sardar Amjad Ali, the lawyer appearing for the petitioners, submitted that the state government employees in Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and a few other states got DA on a par with the central staff.

Justice Kargupta asked Ali whether there was any law that required the state governments to match their employees' DA with that of the central staff.

The lawyer replied: "Since the DA of government employees is fixed on the national price index, the central and state government employees should get the allowance at the same rate."

Justice Kargupta cited the papers tabled by Ali which quoted relevant sections of the ROPA (revision of pay and allowances) Rules, 2008, to establish the point that the state must announce DA for its employees twice a year. "Similarly, you show us the rule that forces the states to give DA to their employees on a par with the central government."

Ali said he would submit papers quoting the relevant rules on Wednesday.

The employees' unions had first moved the case before the state administrative tribunal. The tribunal had in its judgment in 2015 observed that it was up to the state government to decided whether its employees would get DA or not.

Source: Telegraph


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