Allahabad: In a significant judgement,
the Allahabad High Court today ruled that employees of a
District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) in Uttar Pradesh were
not government servants and hence they were not entitled to a
rise in their retirement age from 58 to 60 years unlike those
who held civil posts.
The order was passed by a Division Bench comprising
Chief Justice F I Rebello and Justice A P Sahi while allowing
a bunch of special appeals filed by the state government
whereby a single judge order of the court was challenged.
The single judge had, while deciding petitions filed
by a number of DRDA employees, held that they too were
entitled to a rise in their age of superannuation like other
government servants and ordered that their retirement age be
raised to 60 years.
However, the Division Bench set aside the single judge
order observing that DRDA was an agency registered under the
Societies Act and hence its employees "not government servants
nor they could be said to be holder of civil posts".