Guj HC tells govt to discard fixed pay scheme

Last Updated: Friday, January 20, 2012 - 23:39

Ahmedabad: In a major verdict, the Gujarat
High Court on Friday told the state government to discard its
`fixed pay job employment scheme` stating that it was
exploitative in nature.

The verdict could impact about 1.5 lakh employees who
have been recruited under the scheme in different government
departments.

A division bench of acting Chief Justice Bhaskar
Bhattacharya and Justice JB Pardiwala also told the state
government to give regular salary benefits to all its fixed
pay employees from the date of their appointment.

The Gujarat government has been employing people in
various fields like police, education, forest department on a
fixed pay basis, where they are given some basic fix pay for
the first five years.

Such employees work on contract for the first five years
and become permanent employee subsequently.
The court told the government to discard the fixed pay
employment scheme saying that it amounted to exploitation of
new employees and against fair practice.

Petitioner Rajendra Shukla in his petition had contended
that the fixed pay scheme was inhuman and new employees were
being exploited by the state government.

In some cases the fixed monthly pay was as law as
Rs 2,500, which violates labour laws of the state also, he had
said.
The high court dictate will have a major financial
implication for the state exchequer as there are about 1.5
lakh fixed pay employees in different government departments.

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 20, 2012 - 23:39

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