Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Cabinet has today approved revision of HRA and other allowances for the serving central government employees. The new HRA rate is 24%, 16% and 8% of the revised basic Pay. It takes place from 1-7-2017. Employees have been demanding it from 1-1-2016.
Formal orders are awaited.
On 16-12-2016, the honourable CAT, Principal Bench, New Delhi delivered its judgement in the pension anomaly case filed by our association.The last paragraph of the judgement is quoted below.
".... 25. There is, therefore, no ground whatsoever for the respondents to deny the benefit of formula adopted in OM dated18.10.1999. The impugned order dated 15.01.2003 is thus quashed with direction to the respondents to refix pension of the applicants from the date of their retirement in the same manner as calculated for Central Government employees/ Public Sector Undertaking like FCI by adopting the formula as contained in OM dated 18.10.1999 and give notional benefit of the IDA pay scales and, thereafter, grant all consequential benefits from the date of retirement in accordance with law. We fix a time frame of 90days from the receipt of a certified copy of this order for implementation of our directions. No costs.
P.K. Basu,( MemberA), (Justice M.S. Sullar (Member J)...."

Now, six months have since passed. Department has not yet honoured the Judgement. When enquired in Directorate, it was told that DOT had asked the Government Advocate to file an appeal petition in High Court. To avoid an ex-parte decision by High Court we immediately filed a caveat petition in the HC. No Appeal has been filed so far. Three months have passed since then also. Now, we are consulting our advocate about filing contempt of Court Petition in CAT.

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