New Delhi: Daily wage earners cannot
claim parity with regular employees with regard to payment of
salary, the Delhi High Court said today.
"In cases where services of workers engaged on daily
wage basis get regularised, such workers cannot claim parity
with regular employees with regard to payment of salary and
other allowances for the period prior to their
regularisation," a bench headed by Justice Pradeep Nandrajog
The court dismissed the plea of a group of daily wage
earners of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) seeking
parity with regular employees.
Referring to a Supreme Court verdict, the court said,
"A Constitution Bench has clearly held that under no
circumstances can it (the government) be directed that wages
in the regular scales of pay be paid to daily wage employees
whose services are subsequently regularised".
The employees had approached the court after the CPWD
refused to give them increments on the basis of the date when
they joined the department as daily wage earners.
The department submitted that increments in their
salaries and the benefit of Assured Career Progression Scheme
from the date of regularisation should not be extended to
Accepting the plea of the department, the Court
refused to give any relief to the employees.