Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Tuesday directed state government to give all pensionary benefits to the employees of J&K State Forest Corporation preferably within a period of eight weeks with a view by court that state government is under obligation to give same and fair treatment to all its employees.
Disposing off a writ petition on the matter, Justice M K Hanjura directed government to give the benefits to the employees on the pattern decided in the case of J&K Industries Employees Association in writ petition SWP no.1250/2002.
“A Bench of this Court by a judgement dated 12.03.2009, rendered in a patch of writ petitions, with lead writ petition, bearing SWP no.1250/2002 titled J&K Industries Employees Association v. State and others, has dealt with and set at rest the controversy that is also bone of contention in the instant writ petitions. The basic judgement dated 12.03.2009 has come to prime position and is not only to be implemented in its letter and spirit in respect of the persons/employees, who had been before this Court in the aforementioned writ petitions, but it is to be implemented in respect of those persons/employees as well who are similarly situated as are the present petitioners.”
“Having said that, the respondent State is otherwise under obligation to give the same and similar treatment to the present petitioners that has been and/or will be vouchsafed by the respondent State in favour of the writ petitioners of SWP no.1250/2002 titled J&K Industries Employees Association v. State and others,” Justice Hanjura remarked.
“Let such consideration be accorded and the benefits be given to the petitioners at an earliest preferably within eight weeks from the date certified copy of this order is served upon respondents,” the court ordered.
The employees of J&K State Forest Corporation had filed two writ petitions before high court stating that they are being denied the pensionary benefits whereas concomitantly the other wings of the Forest Department receive such benefits. The petitioners had also stated being similarly situated to the employees working in other organisations and corporations, who receive such benefits, rather have more strong footing to claim pensionary benefits, being employees of a statutory body governed by Rules, yet they have been kept in lurch for undisclosed reasons.