Wednesday, February 8, 2023

HC directs govt to pay ex-cadre DBs minimum scale

The Gauhati High Court, Kohima bench has directed the State government to pay the Dobashis (DBs), presently serving as ex-cadre/contingency DBs under the Deputy Commissioner in the Dimapur, Kiphire, Tuensang, Zunheboto, Longleng and Peren, the minimum scale of pay which is paid to the regular Grade-II DBs employed against sanction post along with the arrears from the date of filing of the present writ petition.
After hearing the matter, the single-judge bench of justice Kakheto Sema in its judgement and order, directed the government to complete all exercise within a period of 90 days from the date of passing of the order.
While citing the recent Supreme Court ruling and based on the discussion, the court said it had “no hesitation in holding that the petitioners who discharges the same nature of work and duties as that of the regular Grade-II DBs in sanctioned post and the ex-cadre/contingency DBs who are paid scale pay are entitled to the pay parity on the principle of equal pay for equal work.”
It may be mentioned that the petitioners were appointed in between the year 1997 to 2014. The petitioners were all paid a fixed amount of Rs. 6940 per month after deducting the professional tax of Rs. 110.

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