‘Matter Of Govt Policy’: Madras HC Dismisses Plea For Reduction In Salary Of Government Servants [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates’Matter Of Govt Policy’: Madras HC Dismisses Plea For Reduction In Salary Of Government Servants [Read Order] Akshita Saxena27 April 2020 1:45 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court last week refused to order a reduction in salaries of Government employees during the lockdown period, while holding that the same is a matter of government policy. A division bench comprising of Justice M. Sathyanarayanan and Justice M.Nirmal Kumar was hearing a PIL filed by K. Amsa Kannan, 12th Ward Union Councilor of Thiruvannamali Panchayat…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court last week refused to order a reduction in salaries of Government employees during the lockdown period, while holding that the same is a matter of government policy. A division bench comprising of Justice M. Sathyanarayanan and Justice M.Nirmal Kumar was hearing a PIL filed by K. Amsa Kannan, 12th Ward Union Councilor of Thiruvannamali Panchayat Union, Thiruvannamalai. The Petitioner had contended that as a consequence of the lockdown, many Governments servants were not discharging their duties and it would be a colossal waste to pay them the full salary. She had thus sought a direction to the government of Tamil Nadu to deduct the payment of salary from the government servants. The Petitioner further contended that her request was not an alien one, considering the fact that various state governments viz. the states of Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odissa, Chattisgarh and Uttarkhand had already ordered reduction of certain percentage of the salary from the government servants. However refusing indulgence in the matter, the bench said, “In the considered opinion of the Court, the prayer sought for by the petitioner cannot be granted for the reason that the policy decision in this regard, is left with the State Government and this Court cannot issue a positive direction towards deduction of the portion of the salary.” The court also refused to make a direction to the state government to consider the Petitioner’s representation in this behalf and remarked, “The petitioner is neither having a statutory or legal right to compel the State Government to take a decision in this regard.” Case Details: Case Title: K. Amsa Kannan v. Govt. of Tamil Nadu Case No.: WP No. 7505/2020 Quorum: Justice M. Sathyanarayanan and Justice M. Nirmal Kumar Appearance: Advocate N. Mahendra Babu (for Petitioner); Government Pleader V. Jayaprakash Narayanan (for State) Click Here To Download Order Read order Next Storylast_img read more

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