The Punjab and Haryana High Court has expressed its serious displeasure against the UT Administration for delaying the payment of retiral benefits to its retired employees. Despite having retired in 2009 and a judicial order from the court,the Municipal Corporation,Chandigarh has allegedly not paid the retirement benefits to two of its former employees.
Taking serious note of this,Justice Surya Kant on Thursday gave three weeks time to Secretaries and Chief Engineer,UT Administration to file their affidavits regarding payment of all service dues failing which exemplary cost will be recovered from the officers.
The two employees had joined the UT Engineering wing in the year 1987 as daily wagers after which they were shifted to Municipal Corporation (MC) in 1996. After having served for over 13 years,the duo retired in 2009. The two had been seeking their service dues and gratuity ever since then but to no avail.
Aggrieved,they had moved the High Court which had directed the authorities to pay the retirement benefits. Despite a Court direction,the petitioners have alleged,they have not been paid the dues.
Secretary,Engineering; Chief Engineer,Administration,Municipal Corporation and respondents are directed to file their affidavits regarding payment of all service dues to petitioners along with 12 percent annum from respective retirement till April 30 failing which there shall be exemplary cost to be personally recoverable from officers. There shall be cost of Rs 10,000 to each petitioner in addition to interest awarded above which shall also be paid before May 28 reads the order.