HC raps school over pending teachers' salaries

HC raps school over pending teachers' salaries

Pay arrears as per Fifth Pay Commission

Rukmani Devi Jaipuria, a private school on Raipur Road, has been directed by the High Court to give teachers’ pending salaries as per the Fifth Pay Commission within four weeks.

The school has been fined Rs 15,000 for each appeal made in the court on account of wasting the court’s time.

The school management has been holding teachers’ salaries for almost a year putting across an argument that they are not able to recover fees from children who have passed out and the management does not have surplus funds to pay the pending amount.

Justice Kailash Gambhir had earlier directed the school to pay all arrears with effect from January 1, 1996 but teachers claimed they were paid salaries after 15 months, beginning April 1997.

The bench stated that employees of all unaided recognised private schools are entitled to benefits of pay and emoluments beginning 1996 when the Fifth Pay Commission recommendations came into effect and schools cannot deny or delay this on the ground that it could not recover fees from former students.

Upholding Justice Gambhir’s order, a bench comprising acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajeev Sahai Endlaw directed the school on Friday to implement the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission.

According to section 10 of Delhi School Education Act, 1973 those working in unaided private recognised schools are entitled pay and allowances in accordance with what government school employees are given.

Advocate Ashok Agarwal who appeared on behalf of the school teachers, said: “Many private schools are violating recommendations of the Pay Commissions.

Their audit records show that private schools have crores of rupees lying as surplus collected from students on the pretext of implementing the Fifth and Sixth Pay Commissions.”

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