Gujarat warned on delay in labour court judges’ pay hike

December 28th, 2010 - 10:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Gandhinagar, Dec 28 (IANS) The Gujarat High Court Tuesday came down heavily on the state government for not complying with the Supreme Court’s directions to hike salaries of judicial officers posted in labour courts.The bench of Chief justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya and Justice Akil Kureshi said that if the state failed to comply with the directions by Jan 24, then the chief secretary of the state will have to appear in person before the court.

The court told the government that it could not give frivolous reasons and delay the hike in salaries of judicial officers as per the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.

In the last hearing, the court directed the state to “implement the order of the Supreme Court in its letter and spirit” and had given the government three weeks’ time for doing so.

The petitioner, Gujarat Labour Court Judicial Officers’ Association, approached the high court following inaction by the state.

The court earlier observed that the central government revised the pay scale of judicial officers of the state by a notification dated June 26, 2009.

The bench noted that the benefits of revised pay scale were not given to judicial officers posted in labour courts though it was provided to members of the Gujarat State Judicial Service.

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