DoPT has issued order on Granting Annual Increment for Retiring Employees on 30th June which said A Person who retires on the last working day would not be entitled for any increment falling due on the next day and payable next day thereafter
The DoPT Order No. 1396752/2019-Rstt (Pay-I) Dated the 11 November, 2019 issued on the Subject matter of Representations regarding grant of annual increment to the employees retires on 30th June of the year is given below
The undersigned is directed to refer to letter No. PC VI /2018/R-] /1 of Ministry of Railways dated 14/ 10/2019 on the subject cited above wherein comments of this Department has been sought on the directions of Hon’ble CATs issued in several Court cases filed by Railways employees Seeking the benefits of notional increment for the Pensionary benefits as per the judgement in P.Ayyamperumal case.
In this matter, With reference to Central Government employees, the following is hereby Stated:
2.1. In so far as P. Ayyamperumal case is concerned, referred in the instant cases also, it is Stated that the judgement Hon’ble High Court of Madras in Pp. Ayyamperumal case is in Personam. Read the Court Judgement
2.2 Further, the case of Sh. M Balasubramaniam referred by Hon’ble High Court in it’s Judgment in P,. Ayyamperumal case is related to Fundamental Rules of Tamilnadu Government whereas P. Ayyamperumal case relates to Central Government Rules.
2.3 It is relevant to mention here that in a similar Matter, Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh at Hyderabad in year 2005, inc. Subbarao case, has inter-alia observed as under:
“In Support of the above observations, the Division Bench also placed reliance on Banerjee case (Supra), we are afraid, the Division Bench was not correct in coming to the conclusion that being a reward for unblemished Past service, Government servant retiring on the last day of the month would also be entitled for increment even after such increment is due after retirement, We have already made reference to all Rules governing the situation: There is no warrant to come to such conclusion, Increment is given (See Article 43 of CS Regulations) as a Periodical rise to a Government employee for the good behaviour in the Service. Such increment is Possible only when the appointment is “Progressive Appointment” and it is not universal rule. Further, as per Rule 14 of the Pension Rules, a person is entitled for pay, increment and other allowances only when he is entitled to receive pay from out of Consolidated Fund of India and continues to be in Government Service.
A Person who retires on the last working day would not be entitled for any increment falling due on the next day and payable next day thereafter (See Article 151 of CS Regulations) because he would not answer the tests in these Rules. Reliance placed on Banerjee case (supra) is also in our considered opinion not correct because as observed by us, Banerjee case (supra) does not woe deal with increment, but deals with enhancement of DA by the Central Government to pensioners. Therefore, we are not able to accept the view taken by the Division Bench. We accordingly, overrule the judgement in Malakondalah case (Supra).”
2.4 In addition, Subsequent to the judgement of Hon’ble High Court of Madras in P, Ayyamperumal case, Hon’ble CAT Madras Bench vide its Orders dated 19.03.2019 in O.A.No.310/00309/2019 and O.A, No.310/00312/2019 and Order dated 27.03.2010 in O.A, No.310/00026 /2019 has also dismissed the similar requests related with notional increment for pensionary benefits.
2.5 The Hon’ble Supreme Court, vide judgement dated 29.03.2019 while dismissing the SLP (C) Dy. No.6468/2019 filed by D/o Telecommunications against the judgement dated 03.05.2017 of Hon’ble High Court, Lucknow Bench in WP No.484/2010 in the matter of UOI & Ors. Vs. Sakha Ram Tripathy & Ors., has inter-alia observed the following:
“There is delay of 566 days in filing the special leave petition. We do not see any reason to condone the delay. The Special leave petition is dismissed on delay, keeping all the questions of law open.”
Further, it is also stated that this Department’s OM No. 20036 /23/1988-Estt.(D) dated 06.01.1989 provides that since each case is to be contested on the basis of the specific facts and circumstances relevant to it, the administrative Ministry/Department (D/o- Ministry of Railways in the instant case} will be in a better position to defend the case if required.
If, however, any Clarification is required on the interpretation application of the rules or instructions relevant to the case, the concerned department in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions may be approached for that Purpose. It further provides that the primary responsibility, however, for contesting such cases on behalf of the Government will be that of the administrative Ministry /Department concerned.
Further, the Cabinet Secretariat D.O. letter No. 6 /1/1/94-Cab dated 25.02.1994 as also the Cabinet Secretary’s D.O. letter no. 1/50/3/2016-Cab dated 16.06.2016 and the Department of Expenditure’s OM No. 7(8)/2012-E-III(A) dated 16.05.2012 inter-alia provide that (i) a common counter reply should be filed before a Court of Law on behalf of the Union of India by the concerned administrative Department / Ministry where the petitioner is serving or has last served and (ii) a unified stand should be adopted instead of bringing out each Department’s /Ministry’s point of view in the said reply.
It further provides that it is primarily the responsibility of the Administrative Ministry to ensure that timely action is taken at each stage a Court case goes through and that a unified stand is adopted on behalf of Government of India at every such stage. In no case should the litigation be allowed to prolong to the extent that it results in contempt proceedings.
Ministry of Railways is requested to take appropriate action in the light of above observations.