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HC questions state’s action on ‘no work no pay’ rule

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The Central government on Monday informed, the PIL bench of the AP High Court comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyothi Sengupta and Justice KC Bhanu, that no decision has been taken on the Telangana issue. The information was conveyed by Assistant Solicitor General Ponnam Ashok Goud in the course of the arguments on the ongoing Seemandhra agitation. It may be recalled that a writ plea was filed challenging the strike and also the inaction of the State government in dealing with the problem. Senior advocate Satyam Reddy appearing for the petitioners pointed out that the strike by government employees was contrary to the service rules, impermissible and therefore illegal.

  • Centre informs that no decision has been taken on Telangana
  • APNGOs ready to face any risks by participating in agitations

Hyderabad: The Central government on Monday informed, the PIL bench of the AP High Court comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyothi Sengupta and Justice KC Bhanu, that no decision has been taken on the Telangana issue. The information was conveyed by Assistant Solicitor General Ponnam Ashok Goud in the course of the arguments on the ongoing Seemandhra agitation. It may be recalled that a writ plea was filed challenging the strike and also the inaction of the State government in dealing with the problem. Senior advocate Satyam Reddy appearing for the petitioners pointed out that the strike by government employees was contrary to the service rules, impermissible and therefore illegal.

The government pleader responding to the writ petition argued that the State government had issued an order in 2011 to implement the theory of ‘no work no pay’. He said directions have been addressed to the accounts officers in this regard. Asked if it had the desired effect, the government pleader answered in the negative. The government pleader also informed the court that a control room was also established and some cases were also booked. He also said “all precautionary measures have been taken”. The bench pointedly asked the government whether it had issued a fresh circular since 2011 and as to whether the direction of non-payment was implemented. Senior counsel CV Mohan Reddy appearing for the APNGOs cautioned the court from entertaining a politically motivated or publicity interested writ petition.

He said that it ill suits the petitioner who had confessedly participated in a demand for a separate State and had ‘locked up the Ranga Reddy court’ to raise the present lis. He admitted that there was no uncontrolled right to go on strike, but the employees were willing to take the risk as it involved their service conditions in view of Article 371 D. The bench posted the matter for September 16 for further hearing.

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