ITANAGAR, Sept 23 - The Itanagar Permanent Bench, Gauhati High Court, has directed the Arunachal Pradesh Government to implement all recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC) in toto, for its employees within a period of three months.
The Court while allowing a writ petition filed by one Bamar Yinyo, a teacher of a State-run school, gave the judgment in favour of the 60,000 plus State Government employees in Arunachal directing the State Government implement all recommendations/admissible allowances as provided in the 6th CPC, as per govt guidelines, without further delay, preferably, within a period of three months.
�The State is under an obligation to address the grievances of the employees and denial of the same, will tantamount to violation of right to livelihood as enshrined in the Constitution of India,� the Court noted.
�The submission of the respondents that they will implement such recommendations whenever fund is available is not a proper response while the recommendations were made in the year 2008 and now, it is 2015.
�The State Government is to procure the required funds by their own initiation and lethargy and inaction on the part of the State respondents may be a matter of serious concern if not properly adhered to,� the Court further noted in its judgment dated September 10.
According to State respondents, the petitioner had already been granted the benefits of 6th CPC as admissible to other employees. The demand for implementation of Children Education Allowances, Transport Allowances, etc, as admissible to Central Government employees, can not be considered to, at this juncture, due to huge financial involvement on the State exchequer which is estimated to be approximately Rs 250 crore per annum.
The contention of the State Government is that the State alone may not be able to meet the demand with its limited resources because of the fact that the State Government is already spending too much expenses on salary and other allowances of 65,000 government employees after implementation of 6th CPC in a modified manner, with its limited resources. The high salary component has already affected the quantum of fund meant for other development activities of the State and any escalation may further lead to bankruptcy of the State Government.