DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 19: The Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court has directed Nagaland Government to comply with its previous order and modify within 3 months the pension benefits of 4 retired Transport employees.
Justice Songkhupchung Serto delivered this ruling on February 18 in relation to writ petitions filed by Besupra, retired Mechanic (Grade-I) at the office of Divisional Manager, NST, Kohima; S Akumla, retired Typist (Special Grade) at NST Dimapur; Shikhu Saghu, retried Ticket Examiner at the office of General Manager, NST, Dimapur; and, Veshuhu Vero, retired Senior Head Assistant at NST, Dimapur, against the State of Nagaland through Secretary, NST, General Manager, NST, Dimapur, Divisional Manager, NST, Dimapur and Additional Chief Engineer, NST, Dimapur.
According to the order, at the outset, the Counsel for the State Government submitted that since no affidavit-in-opposition has been filed, or being filed, the Court may pass necessary order as deemed fit.
“Aggrieved by the superannuation orders issued by the respondents before they attain the superannuation age or number of years provided in the O.M No. AR-3/GEN-231/2011 dated 04.05.2017 issued by the Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department (Administrative Reforms Branch), the petitioners approached this Court by filing the four writ petitions viz. WP(C)/247(K) of 2017, WP(C)/248(K) of 2017, WP(C)/267(K) of 2017 and WP(C)/273(K) of 2017.
“The matters were adjudicated upon after giving the parties to file their respective pleadings and they were disposed of by a common judgement dated 12.12.2018. Out of the five writ petitions, the four writ petitions filed by the respondents were allowed and the respondents were directed to modify the petitioners’ pension benefits as per rules and taking into account the right dates of their retirements. The respondents did not file any appeal against the common judgement and order dated 12.12.2018, but did not comply with the directions given therein either”, read the order.
Thus aggrieved, once again, by the Transport Department officials’ failure to comply with the Court order, the former employees went knocking on the Court’s door.
“Since no appeals have been filed against the judgement and order mentioned above and no affidavits have been filed by the respondents against the writ petitions, the writ petitions are hereby disposed of with a direction that the respondents should comply with the directions given in the common judgement and order dated 12.12.2018 passed in the four writ petitions mentioned above within a period of three months from the date of a receipt of a copy of this order”, Serto ruled.
(Page News Service)