Comply with judgment or ACS Finance, others to appear in person: HC to Govt

Pensionary benefits to retd SRTC employees

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 12: High Court has granted “last and final” opportunity of six weeks to the Government to comply with the judgment and pay pensionary benefits to 389 retired employees of J&K State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) failing which Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Finance, Managing Director and Transport Commissioner shall appear in person.
The court was hearing a contempt plea filed by All J&K Workers’ Union SRTC seeking implementation of judgment passed by the Single Bench whereby it had directed the Finance Department to consider within four months the request of 389 retired employees of J&K SRTC with regard to their pensionary benefits.
The petitioners were mostly sweepers, helpers, cleaners, bus washers, assistant fitters, fitters, conductors and drivers. Allowing the plea, the court had held the petitioners entitled to all the retirement benefits, including pension and gratuity on the analogy of the employees of the Corporation who were employees of the erstwhile Government Transport Undertaking (GTU) and had opted for the service of the Corporation and also on the analogy of their counterparts in the JKI and other corporations.