Ludhiana | Late payment of interest to retired employee costs WD her salary

After the Ludhiana district education official failed to pay 9% interest against the delay in releasing pension funds to a former primary education official in the bloc, a local court ordered that the DEO’s salary is garnished.

The court summoned the DEO on February 18 to explain why contempt proceedings should not be brought against her. Although the DEO submitted an undertaking dated December 15, 2021, the ministry has not released the benefits.

The wage garnishment order was issued against the plea presented by the applicant’s lawyer, Rajwinder Kaur, who declared that the amount had not been cleared by the service. Meanwhile, Bhagwant Singh, lawyer for judgment debtors, said the bill submitted to Treasury could not be approved due to some objections.

“The challenge is clearly without any legal justification. Such irresponsible and reckless conduct cannot be tolerated. In view of the foregoing, he is ordered to garnish the DEO’s wages and he is ordered to appear in person in court on February 18, 2022 and substantiate the reasons why contempt proceedings should not be brought against her,” read the court order of Harsimranjit Singh, Civil Judge (Main Division), Ludhiana.

A senior education department official said the delay was the fault of the finance department and not the local education department.

“Officials here have submitted repeated requests to the concerned officials in the finance department asking them to release the money for Rajwant Kaur, but the same has not been done so far. the power to release the funds, but can only request state authorities to do the same,” the official said.

The case

Rajwant Kaur retired from the local Department of Education in 2017 as BPEO. According to her petition, the department delayed the release of her retirement benefits and funds, following which she demanded interest for the same.

Last year, the court ordered the Department of Education to pay him 9% interest. After the department failed to comply with the orders, the court on October 13, 2021 issued a foreclosure warrant to the Department of Education.

On October 29, 2021, counsel for the respondents filed an affidavit with the court agreeing to pay interest to the plaintiff. The department asked for more time to make the payment, but it did not.


    Nikhil Sharma is a staff journalist who covers Faridkot district in Mansa region of Punjab.
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