Saturday, May 21, 2016
The Rajasthan High Court took a serious note of the death of 25 retired employees due to non-payment of pension has directed the State Government to release financial assistance to Swami Keshwanand Rajasthan Agricultural university, Bikaner to enable it to give post-retirement benefits to its superannuated staff members.
Allowing a writ petition moved by the university’s Pensioners Welfare Samiti, the court held that the government could not refuse to own responsibility to provide funds as the University had promulgated the Pension Regulation of 1990 and made it applicable as per the government’s own decision.
Justice Gopal Krishan Vyas said the members of the petitioner Samiti were not getting pension for 11 months and were finding it difficult to survive and maintain families. In its 42-page verdict, the court observed that ‘it is unfortunate that during the pendency of this petition, more than 25 retired employees died due to non-payment of pension for survival. The court said that the right of the university’s retired employees to get pension was protected by Article 21 of the Constitution.
The government refuse to provide funds as it had bifurcated the block grants to other universities. The court said that the grounds taken by the State for not releasing funds were not sustainable in law and directed the government to release funds for payment of pension.