Employees not paid, HC expresses shock

Employees not paid, HC expresses shock

High Court of Karnataka

The Karnataka High Court on Monday expressed shock and displeasure over the delay in the disbursal of salary and arrears to its employees.

A division bench comprising Justices B S Patil and B V Nagarathna was hearing a civil contempt petition filed by Nijaguni M Karadigudda and the Karnataka High Court Employees Welfare Association, who have moved the court with regard to the non-compliance of the Supreme Court's direction of extending the central government pay scale to high court employees.

The additional chief secretary, finance department, assured the court that the government would facilitate the high court registry to submit bills, prepared manually, to the state treasury, in respect of the revised salary for the months of April and May 2018. The government would also facilitate in disbursing the arrears to high court employees until a human resource management system software is put in  place. 

The court stated in its order that following the assurance by way of oath made by the additional chief secretary, arrears of pay with effect from October 6, 2004, to March 31, 2018, along with interest, the revised salary for the months of April and May 2018, and the future salary will be released forthwith by sending manual bills to the treasury.

Furthermore, the court directed the government to submit an additional statement with regard to the action taken on the disbursal of salary before the high court registry by May 30.