WP(C) 4056/2013. Gauhati High Court

Case Number:WP(C) 4056/2013
Judgement Date:February 23, 2021
Court:Gauhati High Court

IN THE G AUHATI HIG H C O URT

(THE HIG H C O URT O F ASSAM, NAG ALAND, MIZO RAM AND ARUNAC HAL PRADESH) PRINC IPAL SEAT AT G UWAHATI

(EXTRAO RDINARY WRIT JURISDIC TIO N)

WP(C ) No s.4056 o f 2013 & 4471 o f 2013

  1. WP(C ) No .4056 o f 2013

    The Assa m Fina nc ia l C o rp o ra tio n

    Emp lo ye e s Unio n & 2 o the rs …. … Pe titio ne rs

    - Ve rsus-

    The Sta te o f Assa m & 6 o the rs. … … Re sp o nd e nts

  2. WP(C ) No .4471 o f 2013

    The Assa m Fina nc ia l C o rp o ra tio n

    Emp lo ye e s Unio n & 2 o the rs …. … Pe titio ne rs

    - Ve rsus-

    The Sta te o f Assa m & 7 o the rs. … … Re sp o nd e nts

    BEFO RE

    HO N’BLE MR. JUSTIC E SUMAN SHYAM

    Fo r the p e titio ne rs : Mr. N. Dutta , Se nio r Ad vo c a te .

    Mr. N. Bo ra h, Ad vo c a te .

    Fo r the re sp o nd e nts : Mr. R. Bo rp uja ri,

    Sta nd ing C o unse l, Fina nc e De p tt.

    Mr. L. P. Sha rma ,

    Sta nd ing C o unse l, AFC .

    Da te o f he a ring : 23.02.2017.

    Da te o f Jud g me nt : 23.02.2017

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    JUDG MENT AND O RDER

  3. He a rd Mr. N. Dutta , le a rne d se nio r c o unse l a ssiste d b y Mr. N. Bo ra h, le a rne d c o unse l a p p e a ring fo r the wit p e titio ne rs. Also he a rd Mr. R. Bo rp uja ri, le a rne d Sta nd ing C o unse l, Fina nc e De p a rtme nt, re p re se nting the re sp o nd e nt No s.1 to 5 a s we ll a s Mr. L. P. Sha rma , le a rne d Sta nd ing C o unse l, Assa m Fina nc ia l C o rp o ra tio n, a p p e a ring o n b e ha lf o f re sp o nd e nt No s.6, 7 a nd 8.

  4. Bo th the writ p e titio ns ra ise a c o mmo n q ue stio n o f la w a nd fa c t a nd a re , the re fo re , b e ing d isp o se d o f b y this c o mmo n jud g me nt a nd o rd e r.

  5. The b rie f fa c tua l ma trix g iving rise to the filing o f the writ p e titio ns ma y b e no tic e d a s fo llo ws:

    1. The writ p e titio ne r No .1 he re in is a re g iste re d Tra d e Unio n a nd its c o nstitue nt me mb e rs a re the e mp lo ye e s o f Assa m Fina nc ia l C o rp o ra tio n (in sho rt “ AFC ” ) whe re a s the p e titio ne r No s.2 a nd 3 a re its Pre sid e nt a nd Se c re ta ry, re sp e c tive ly. The c a se o f the p e titio ne r a sso c ia tio n is tha t the G o ve rnme nt o f Assa m ha d e a rlie r se t up a sub c o mmitte e to e xa mine the re c o mme nd a tio ns ma d e b y the Assa m Pa y C o mmissio n, inte r- a lia , sug g e sting re visio n o f p a y fo r the Sta te G o ve rnme nt e mp lo ye e s a nd a fte r a p ro p e r c o nsid e ra tio n o f the re p o rt o f the Pa y C o mmissio n, a d e c isio n wa s ta ke n b y the Sta te G o ve rnme nt to imp le me nt the re vise d p a y sc a le sug g e ste d b y the

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      Pa y C o mmissio n. Ac c o rd ing ly, b y issuing no tific a tio n d a te d 22.01.2010, the G o ve rno r o f Assa m ha d fra me d the Assa m Se rvic e s (Re visio n o f Pa y) Rule s, 2010 [ he re -in-a fte r re fe rre d to a s the RO P, Rule 2010] g iving e ffe c t to the re vise d p a y sc a le with e ffe c t fro m 01.01.2006.

    2. O n 24.08.2012 the G o ve rnme nt o f Assa m in the De p a rtme nt o f Fina nc e ha d issue d a no tific a tio n p ro vid ing fo r a d o p tio n o f suc h re vise d p a y sc a le b y the ind ivid ua l Sta te Le ve l Pub lic Ente rp rise s (SLEPs) b y e xte nd ing the b e ne fit o f the Assa m Se rvic e s (Re visio n o f Pa y) Rule s, 2010 to its e mp lo ye e s sub je c t to fulfillme nt o f the c o nd itio ns la id d o wn the re in. The AFC b e ing a n e nte rp rise o f the G o ve rnme nt o f Assa m to o k a re so lutio n in the 358th me e ting o f its

      Bo a rd o f Dire c to rs he ld o n 08.01.2013 to e xte nd the b e ne fit o f the RO P Rule s, 2010 to a ll its e mp lo ye e s. Ac c o rd ing ly, b y issuing a le tte r d a te d

      04.02.2013 a d d re sse d to the Princ ip a l Se c re ta ry, Fina nc e De p a rtme nt, G o ve rnme nt o f Assa m, a re q ue st wa s ma d e b y the C o rp o ra tio n se e king ne c e ssa ry a p p ro va l so a s to imp le me nt the RO P, Rule s o f 2010 fo r the e mp lo ye e s o f the AFC . The C o rp o ra tio n ha d a lso e xe c ute d a Me mo ra nd um o f Und e rsta nd ing (Mo U) with the G o ve rnme nt in te rms o f the c o nd itio ns la id d o wn in the no tific a tio n d a te d 24.08.2012.

    3. Be ing sa tisfie d with the c o mp lia nc e o f a ll the re q uisite no rms, the re sp o nd e nt No .3 ha d issue d a no tific a tio n d a te d 07.06.2013 c o nve ying the a p p ro va l o f the G o ve rno r o f Assa m, p a ving the wa y fo r imp le me nting the RO P Rule s, 2010 in re sp e c t o f the e mp lo ye e s o f the AFC a lo ng with a rre a r sa la ry with e ffe c t fro m 01.10.2008. The re a fte r,

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      the re sp o nd e nt No .6 ha d issue d a n o ffic e o rd e r d a te d 24.06.2013 c o nfe rring the b e ne fits o f the RO P Rule s, 2010 to the e mp lo ye e s o f the C o rp o ra tio n with e ffe c t fro m the mo nth o f June , 2013.Ac c o rd ing ly, a ll the e mp lo ye e s o f the Assa m Fina nc ia l C o rp o ra tio n we re a lso g ive n the b e ne fit o f the re vise d p a y sc a le fo r the mo nth o f June , 2013. IV. Afte r the RO P Rule s ,2010 wa s a d o p te d a nd imp le me nte d b y the AFC , o n 15.07.2013 the re sp o nd e nt No .6 ha d issue d a n o ffic e o rd e r d ire c ting tha t the Dra wing a nd Disb ursing O ffic e rs o f the C o rp o ra tio n sha ll d ra w p a y a nd a llo wa nc e s fo r the o ffic e rs a nd sta ff in the p re -re vise d p a y sc a le , a s wa s d ra wn till Ma y, 2013 with e ffe c t fro m July, 2013 till a fina l d e c isio n is ta ke n b y the Bo a rd o f Dire c to rs in the ma tte r. The e ffe c t o f the o ffic e o rd e r d a te d 15.07.2013 wa s tha t the re vise d p a y sc a le whic h wa s e a rlie r e xte nd e d to the o ffic e rs a nd sta ff o f the C o rp o ra tio n w ith e ffe c t fro m the mo nth o f June , 2013 a s p e r the e a rlie r re so lutio n o f the Bo a rd o f Dire c to rs sto o d withd ra wn with e ffe c t fro m the mo nth o f July, 2013. V. Alle g ing tha t the no tific a tio n d a te d 15.07.2013 ha s b e e n issue d in a mo st ille g a l a nd a rb itra ry ma nne r, a c ting c o ntra ry to the d e c isio n o f the Bo a rd o f Dire c to rs, the p e titio ne rs ha d a p p ro a c he d this C o urt b y filing WP(C ) No .4056/ 2013. This C o urt, a fte r he a ring the le a rne d c o unse l fo r the p a rtie s, ha d p a sse d a n o rd e r d a te d 22.07.2013 d ire c ting the le a rne d Sta nd ing C o unse l, AFC , to p ro d uc e the re c o rd re la ting to the p ro c e e d ing s o f the Bo a rd o f Dire c to rs inc lud ing the p ro c e e d ing d a te d 08.01.2013.

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    4. During the p e nd e nc y o f WP(C ) No .4056/ 2013, the re sp o nd e nt No .7 ha d issue d a no the r o ffic e o rd e r d a te d 30.07.2013 fo rwa rd ing the re so lutio n a d o p te d b y the Bo a rd o f Dire c to rs in its 362nd

      me e ting he ld o n 08.07.2013 whe re b y the Bo a rd ha d ta ke n a d e c isio n to re vie w the e a rlie r re so lutio n a d o p te d o n 08.01.2013 a nd furthe r re so lve d tha t the RO P Rule s, 2010 sha ll no t b e g ive n e ffe c t to w.e .f. July, 2013 till the C o rp o ra tio n’ s b usine ss inc o me p e rmits the p a yme nt o f mo nthly p a y a nd a llo wa nc e s a s p e r the re vise d p a y sc a le a nd till the Bo a rd re vie ws the p o sitio n a fte r thre e mo nths a nd ta ke s ne c e ssa ry d e c isio n in this re g a rd a s d e e me d a p p ro p ria te . VII. Ag g rie ve d b y the o ffic e o rd e r d a te d 30.07.2013, the p e titio ne rs ha d file d WP(C ) No .4471/ 2013 b e fo re this c o urt se e...

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