Tamil Nadu DA: Increased DA to retired employees of Transport Department, Madras High Court’s directive to the government

The Madras High Court on Saturday directed the Tamil Nadu government and Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Employees Pension Fund Trust to pay enhanced Dearness Allowance (DA) to 86,000 retired employees of state transport corporations. The High Court has asked the state government to pay the increased dearness allowance to the retired employees from November 2022.

The High Court also said, “When thousands of buses are being run by the Transport Corporation across the state and the government repeatedly comes forward to provide financial assistance of several crores of rupees to revive their financial condition, then Their condition is also pathetic and there has been no improvement in it.”

Justice J Satya Narayan Prasad said, “The past history and the present situation clearly show that all is not well in the administration and functioning of the transport corporations.”

The court has given this decision after hearing the sub-application received from the contempt petition on behalf of the State Transport and Transport Corporation Retired Employees Welfare Association.

The application had sought reopening of the contempt application. It was filed in 2014, as the trust did not implement the orders passed in the original writ petition filed in 2012.

During the hearing, when the court asked whether DA was being given to employees of other departments, the Additional Advocate General replied in the affirmative.

The Government replied that as the number of employees in other departments is very less as compared to the State Transport Corporations. Where there are 66,000 pensioners and 20,000 family pensioners. The monthly terminal expenditure by the state government will be around Rs 81 crore. On this, the court said that it was clearly a case of discrimination.

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The judge said, “There is no justification in the reply given by the AAG. It cannot be upheld or upheld under any circumstances. It is a case of clear discrimination and which is violative of Article 14 of the Constitution.”

The judge said that pensioners of state transport corporations are being deprived, discriminated and alienated in payment of increased DA.

The judge wondered why such discriminatory attitude was being adopted by the officers towards the retired employees of the transport corporations.

The judge said, “Therefore, this court is of the view that financial distress cannot be a ground for denying the enhanced DA to pensioners as it has been extended to all other department employees and even to serving transport employees.” Has gone

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