Chandigarh: Taking a serious note of the gross anomalies in the retirement benefits given to the power employees, Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notices to all four Managing Directors (MD) of Haryana State Electricity Board (HESB). The High Court has sought an explanation from the MDs over the issue of non inclusion of pension and other benefits of employees in their work-charge.

The power department officials to be served notices include MDs of Haryana Power Generation Corporation, Haryana Power Broadcasting Corporation, North Haryana Power Distribution Corporation and South Haryana Power Distribution Corporation.

While hearing a PIL of an employee of Power Distribution Corporation who is entitled to get retirement benefits, HC has ordered Haryana government and Haryana Power Distribution Corporation (HPDC) to add the tenure of the work-charge with his regular tenure and to provide him the benefit of pension.

The HC has also observed that despite the clear cut instructions of Supreme Court in this regard, the employees were being harassed and were forced to knock the doors of court. This led to the mental harassment of employees and simultaneously increased the burden of courts.

Fatehabad resident, Surendra Singh, who is a pensioner of the HPDC, in his petition had said that  despite working under a work-charge of six-years before his retirement, he was getting the benefits of retirement for the regular tenure only.

Citing the example of the Supreme Court orders in this regard, Singh’s advocate Jagbir Malik said the repeated pleas of power employees to the senior officials fell on deaf ears.

The HC has ordered that Singh retirement benefits should include the benefits of the work-charge period as well. It has also summoned the MDs for creating unwarranted problems to the employees.

JPN/ Bureau