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JAMMU: A Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice Baddar Durez Ahmed and Justice Alok Aradhe directed the Registrar General of the State to provide the details of the financial implications within a week and forward the same to law department for compliance besides implementing the High Court directions within two weeks.
The court directions came in the petition filed by the employees borne on the cadre of Subordinate Courts seeking implementation of Shetty Commission Report so far as recommendations pertaining to pay the arrears with effect from 1st April 2003 to Ministerial staff working in the aforesaid Courts in State which was agreed by the State Government.
Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi appeared for the petitioners whereas Senior AAG Seema Shekhar represented the State.
The petitioners submitted that according to the Resolution of Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs (Department of Justice, Government of India) the 1st National Judicial Pay Commission was constituted by the Government of India on 21st March 1996 headed by Justice Jagannath Shetty, a former judge of the Supreme Court.
The said Commission finally submitted various recommendations in favour of the Ministerial Staff so far as working conditions and restructuring, removal of pay anomalies and grant of higher pay scales, advance increments, etc. The Supreme Court thereafter considered the said recommendations and directed all State Governments to consider implementation of the recommendations and no steps having been taken by the State Governments, the Supreme Court by order dated 7th October 2009 gave directions to all the High Courts to ensure implementation of the recommendations of Shetty Pay Commission by State Governments within reasonable period and preferably within one year and if the same is further delayed, the High Courts were granted liberty to entertain writ petitions/applications on Judicial and Administrative side, with a further directions that High Courts shall see that the recommendations are implemented with effect from 1st April 2003.
According to the petitioners, this Court administratively took up the matter with the State Government for implementation of the recommendations of the Shetty Pay Commission in the meeting of the then Chief Justice of this Court with the then Chief Minister on 2nd April 2008 on this aspect and after deliberations, it was agreed by the State Government to implement the recommendations of the Shetty Pay Commission in a phased manner after ascertaining the financial implications. This Court on 4th March 2010 requested the Commissioner/Secretary Law to implement the recommendations, but till date the recommendations are not implemented.
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