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High Court restores pay parity Non-teaching university employees, state staff equal again

August 15, 2019 09:11 AM

COURTESY THE TRIBUNE AUG 15

High Court restores pay parity
Non-teaching university employees, state staff equal again
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 14

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has again brought the pay scales of non-teaching employees of universities on a par with those of Haryana Civil Secretariat employees. It has quashed an order issued in March 2013, whereby grade pay of Rs 3,200 was granted after withdrawing grade pay of Rs 3,600.

The ruling by Justice Ritu Bahri came on a bunch of 10 petitions filed by Devender Sachdeva and other petitioners against Haryana and other respondents. In one petition, the Bench was told that pay scales of non-teaching staff in a university were brought on a par with those of non-teaching staff in the Civil Secretariat from 1987 to 2010 after following process prescribed under Maharishi Dayanand University Act and recommended by the Finance Department vide a letter dated October 30, 1998.

The problem started when employees of Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Khanpur Kalan, filed a civil writ petition, stating that pay scales of university employees were on a par with those of Civil Secretariat employees and as such, they were entitled to grade pay of Rs 3,600 instead of Rs 3,200, granted to other universities.
The state government, during the pendency of the writ petition, issued a memo vide a letter dated March 20, 2013, that the Finance Department had not granted parity in pay scales of assistants in any university with those of Civil Secretariat employees and decided to grant grade pay of Rs 3,200 from January 1, 1996, to assistants by withdrawing the grade pay of Rs 3,600.

But subsequently, another letter was issued on September 5, 2014, for upgrading the pay of assistants in state universities from Rs 3,200 to Rs 3,600 from January 1, 2006. The state government, vide a letter dated September 29, 2014, withdrew the previous letter, whereby revision of grade pay from Rs 3,200 to Rs 3,600 was granted.


Allowing the petitions, Justice Bahri asserted: “As of today, assistants working in the entire state as well as universities have been granted parity of pay scales. Moreover, the petitioners are entitled to fixation of salary with grade pay of Rs 3,600, which is now at a par with assistants working in Haryana.” The Bench quashed the orders dated March 20, 2013, September 5, 2014, and September 29, 2014.

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