Punjab

HIGHCOURT STAYS THE REDUCTION OF PAY OF NEWLY APPOINTED HEADMASTERS

July 15, 2020 06:49 PM

Chandigarh (Subhash Jindal) 

 In a significant order, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the reduction of pay of newly appointed headmasters and head mistresses in the Punjab Education Department who had joined this post in January 2020 from their earlier post of Computer faculty.

The order was passed by Justice Ritu Bahri while hearing a petition filed by Duryodhan Gurdial Singh and 6 others and Justice Bahri, while staying the operation of the orders dated June 12, 2020, passed by DPI (SE) Punjab and order dated November 07, 2017 passed by Department of Finance and directed the State to file detailed reply by October 27, 2020.

It was submitted by Kapil Kakkar and Hema Kakkar, counsel for the petitioners that initially they joined as Computer Faculty on contractual basis in the year 2005 - 2009 and later on in the year 2011 their services were regularised by the State of Punjab and since then, for the last 10 years they were paid a salary of about Rs. 60,000 per month in the regular pay - scale of Rs. 10,300 - 34,800. Later on, in response to the advertisement issued by PPSE on March 09, 2019, they applied through proper channel and after selection on merit were appointed as head masters / mistresses in various Government schools in January 2020.

It was submitted by Kapil Kakkar and Hema Kakkar, counsel for the petitioners that initially they joined as Computer Faculty on contractual basis in the year 2005 - 2009 and later on in the year 2011 their services were regularised by the State of Punjab and since then, for the last 10 years they were paid a salary of about Rs. 60,000 per month in the regular pay - scale of Rs. 10,300 - 34,800.

It was contended by Kakkar that even after joining as head, they draw the salary in regular pay - scale on the ground of pay protection of their previous post but suddenly on June 12, DPI passed an order denying the benefit of pay protection under the pretext of the order of the Finance Department passed on November 07, 2017, stating that as their initial appointment was in a society, though run by the Government, the benefit of pay protection cannot be given to them and were entitled only to the basic pay of Rs. 10,300 during the probation period of 3 years. The said action of the authorities, was not only illegal and arbitrary but also unjust and unfair, contended Kakkar.

 
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