Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, November 21
Passing speaking orders in a matter pertaining to a civil writ petition filed by Sushil Kumar, who was the project manager of the now defunct Jalandhar City Transport Services Ltd (JCTSL), Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar has directed Director JCTSL-cum-Commissioner Municipal Corporation to pay him dues to the tune of Rs21.48 lakh. The DC has also directed him for initiating strict disciplinary action against the delinquent officials responsible for the lapse for over six years.
Sushil Kumar had prayed for the release of his salary and allowances from June 2015 to December 2019 along with interest and gratuity. The MC Commissioner, too, has agreed to pay him an amount of Rs 18.89 lakh on account of salary and allowances from July 2015 to November 16, 2018 and gratuity of Rs 2.59 lakh from June 2008 to November 2018, totalling to an amount of Rs 21.48 lakh. In his report, he had said that the applicant neither attended the office nor worked for JCTSL from November 17, 2018 to November 2019 up to the date of his resignation. Therefore the payment for this period could not be released to him.
It was also observed that the matter had been inordinately been delayed at different levels by not putting up the representation of the applicant, which was a grave negligence and disciplinary action was required to be taken against the officials responsible for the lapse.
In the CWP titled ‘Sushil Kumar v/s M/s Jalandhar City Transport Services Limited’, the court had on August 19 passed orders to the respondents to consider the legal notice of the applicant dated January 2, 2020 and decide it by passing a speaking order within a period of one month from date of receipt of certified copy of the order. The Deputy Commissioner, who is also the Chairman of the company, finally passed the orders five days back.
The applicant had pleaded that he had joined the company as Office Assistant in 2008 and he was promoted as the Project Manager on account of his performance in May 2011. He was drawing Rs 45,000 in addition to Rs 1,000 as conveyance charges and Rs 600 as mobile expenses. He said he was made to work without pay for a long time owing to which he suffered financially and psychologically. Finally, the order was passed after the Deputy Comptroller of Finance and Audit Sandeep Kumar put up all the facts before the DC.
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