The Kerala High Court has directed the state government to provide details of its employees who abstained from work as part of the two-day nationwide strike on March 28 and 29, against central policies, and for Facing action. The High Court also ordered the LDF government to provide “details of government employees on leave, sanctioned or not or pending and the result thereof” in a tabular column.
The court also clarified that the statement to be filed by the state government “must also contain details of disciplinary action taken, consequences etc.” And listed the matter for hearing on August 24. The court sought these details after the state government said it had initiated disciplinary action under the Kerala Service Rules against its employees who abstained from work on those two days.
The government had also told a bench of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chili that it had issued orders not to treat the unauthorized absence of employees participating in the strike as deaths. He also claimed that he had issued instructions to take action against those who availed of unauthorized leave. The court’s order came on the plea of a lawyer – Chandra Chudan Nair S – who alleged that the government was aiding and abetting the strike on March 28 and 29 and giving participating employees ‘days non Allowing leave with pay instead of declaring. (No work, no pay).
In his petition, Nair demanded mandatory attendance of employees, disciplinary action against absentees and declaration of strike as unconstitutional. When the petition was first heard on March 28, the court had directed the LDF management to immediately issue orders restraining its employees from going off duty as part of the two-day nationwide strike. Stating that government employees should not be involved in any collective or organized. slowness of work.
The bench had held that Rule 86 of the Kerala Government Servant Conduct Rules makes it clear that no Government servant shall involve himself in any strike or similar activities. Hours after the High Court’s March 28 order, the state government issued an order stating that “unauthorized absence of employees participating in the strike is punishable under Rule 14A of Part 1 of the Kerala Service Rules.” under, shall not be deemed to have died.”
The decree also stated that no leave shall be granted to government employees unless an individual or relative such as wife, child, father and mother is ill. The strike – on March 28 and 29 – was called by a joint platform of central trade unions against the central government’s “anti-labour, anti-farmer, anti-people and anti-national policies”.
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