The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the Panjab University and its Vice-Chancellor on a petition seeking permission to allow legal heir of deceased employees to opt for family pension.
A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Alok Singh issued notices on a petition filed by Dr R D Anand,a former senate member of Panjab University.
The petitioner has sought directions for allowing the legal heir (spouses) of the deceased employees to opt for pension scheme and grant family pension to them with effect from August 31,2006 the last date for inviting options. The university has been given a weeks time to respond to the petition.
The petitioner has stated that the PU syndicate at its meeting held on July 12,2006,had extended family pension to spouses of deceased employees by framing a new rule. According to the rule,the benefit of family pension is to be extended to the employees,who have expired either before or after their retirement,without exercising the option of pension under Panjab University Pension Scheme within the period/date prescribed for the purpose.
The petitioner contended that as a follow-up of the new rule,the university invited options from eligible persons through a public notice,dated July 31,2006. Thereafter,eligible heirs deposited the contributory provident fund (CPF) as well as interest thereon,as sought by PU to entitle them to pension.
However,after that,the new vice-chancellor took over and he refused to consider their cases and refunded their amount without assigning any reason,stating that the varsity had not yet decided the issue of family pension.
UT: Mulling relocation of pre-fabricated liquor vends
Under fire for allegedly allocating government land for pre-fabricated liquor vends,the Chandigarh Administration is contemplating relocation of such vends. This was told by UT counsel to the Punjab and Haryana High Court during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation.
Some city residents,including one Amit Jain,had moved the High Court against the grant of liquor licence in pre-fabricated temporary structure in various parts of the city.
The petitioners had sought directions to the Chandigarh Administration and Municipal Corporation authorities to discontinue the grant of liquor licence in pre-fabricated temporary structure alleging that it is not only illegal,but also hazardous to public at large as it endangers free flow of traffic movement because of the location of these structures. It is also injurious to health and overall atmosphere on account of lack of amenities,the petitioners had contended.
The petitioners had also sought directions to quash the excise policy of the administration in respect of such sale,which has been named as L-14-A licences as per excise policy for the year 2011-2012,or in the alternative to discontinue the same in future excise policy commencing from May 1,2012.