The Delhi High Court today adjourned to July 5 a plea seeking release of salary/pension of teachers/retired teachers and pensioners working in a Delhi Cantonment Board aided school.
The Vacation Bench led by Justice Subramonium Prasad observed that the Court vide order dated 02.06.2021, directed the respondents to file their counter affidavit, and the same has not been filed as yet.
The Bench remarked that the petitioners have not been paid their salary/pension since September 2020, yet the State is taking a ‘lackadaisical’ approach in the matter. “You are taking it too lightly,” said the Bench.
Rizwan, appearing on behalf of the Delhi Government, submitted that the government has released the funds to the Delhi Cantonment and that there is no fault from their end. The counsel for Delhi Cantonment, on the other hand, submitted that the money has to be paid by the government. To this, the Court remarked that the Government and the Delhi Cantonment are playing ‘passing the parcel’.
The Bench directed the Delhi Government as also the Delhi Cantonment Board to file their counter-affidavit before the next date of hearing. The petition has been filed by various working/retired teachers and pensioners of the Air Force Primary School, a Delhi Cantonment Board aided school, whose salary/pension and family pension have not been released since September 2020.
The plea averred that the Delhi Cantonment Board has stated that it has not received grant-in-aid from Delhi Government. It is contended that denial of pension and salary on the ground of lack of funds is arbitrary and unjustified.