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Allahabad HC stays order that reduced salaries in UP Education project

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New Delhi, May 15 (ILNS): The Allahabad High Court recently stayed an order of the Project Director for the reduction of salary of computer operators, stenographers and clerks working in the UP Education Project, stating that the payments should continue as before.

The order was passed by Justice JJ Munir on Wednesday, while hearing a petition filed by Manoj Kumar Srivastava and five others.

The petitioners said they had been appointed to various posts of computer operators, stenographers and clerks, under the project known as “UP Education for all”. They said the emoluments were directed to be increased by a decision of the Executive Committee dated December 21, 2017, recommending an increase of 28.7 percent in the emoluments payable to the employees retained under the Scheme.

Now, this has been ordered to be reduced by the order of January 15, passed by the State Project Director.

The petitioners’ lawyer said that the respondent has no power to pass any order, contrary to the decision of the executive committee of the project board. In addition, it is argued that the order has been passed, effecting diminution in the petitioners’ emoluments, without giving them any opportunity of hearing and in utter violation of principles of natural justice.

The Court sought an answer from the state government in this matter in four weeks.
“Until further orders, operation of the order dated January 15, 2021, passed by the State Project Director, UP Education ‘All Project Board’, Vidhya Bhawan, Nishatganj, Lucknow, shall remain suspended and the petitioners shall be paid salary at the same rate that they were drawing immediately before the order was passed,” the Court ordered.

The Court has directed the petitioners to be presented for hearing on June 10. ILNS\AP\SJ\RJ

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