The Supreme Court on Thursday said salaries and pensions are "legitimate entities" of government representatives and in the event of postponement, they ought to be paid with interest. A Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud saw that the public authority which has deferred the installment of salaries and pension ought to be coordinated to pay revenue at a suitable rate.
"The course for the installment of the conceded parts of the salaries and pension is unexceptionable. Salaries are unpaid of the representatives of the State for services delivered. Salaries at the end of the day comprise the legitimate entitlement of the workers and are payable as per law. Similarly, it is all around settled that the installment of pension is for quite a long time of past assistance delivered by the pensioners to the State. Pension are subsequently a matter of a legitimate entitlement perceived by the appropriate principles and guidelines which administer the assistance of the representatives of the State," the Bench noted in its request.
The Andhra Pradesh High Court had permitted a Public Interest Litigation recorded by a previous District and Sessions Judge and coordinated the installment of the conceded salary for the long stretches of March-April 2020 along with interest at the pace of 12% per annum and installment of conceded pension for the period of March 2020 with a same rate of interest.
The Andhra Pradesh government moved toward the top court opposing just the segment of interest part of the High Court judgment. The state government expressed that the choice to concede the installment of salaries and pension was taken because of the unstable monetary situation wherein the State ended up as an outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It added that the State had acted genuine and there would be no motivation to burden it with the risk to pay interest.