The Supreme Court on Thursday said it could not see government employees dying of starvation when two states fight over absorbing them after bifurcation.
“This is what happens when states are divided. While states fight over who will pay for the erstwhile employees, people die of hunger. We cannot let this happen,” said a bench led by Chief Justice R M Lodha.
The court said that although there are consequences of life and death for these employees, states continue to lock their horns over paying salaries to them.
The court’s observations came as it heard a bunch of petitions by employees of Bihar state road transport corporation, who said they were not paid since 2001 after Jharkhand was carved our of it.
The bench ordered Bihar to immediately deposit Rs 4.9 crore with the coury registry irrespective of the contention whether Bihar or Jharkhand had to make the payment.
The court said it would later decide who was liable in the law to pay for them but in the meantime, they cannot be left to die out of hunger.