All Nagaland PWD Field Workers’ Association (ANPWDFWA) with regard to the letter issued by S.A under executive engineer PWD (R&B), south division Kohima, Khrielakuo Mepfuo for deduction of DA/ADA arrears of work-charge employees under PWD (road and bridges) at the rate of 15% has said that he has no authority to collect or deduct as per the directives of High Court verdict.
According to a press statement jointly issued by ANPWDFWA president, Inakhu Aye and general secretary, K Atovi Awomi the government order for release of ADA for work-charged employees – drawing time scales of pay –was the outcome of the “common judgment” and order passed by Gauhati High court, Kohima branch.
The statement stated that the judgment and order was challenged by the government, however, by a judgment passed in writ appeal preferred by the government was dismissed, and directed government to pay the arrears of ADA to the work-charged employees.
ANPWDFWA also mentioned that the writ petitions have instituted contempt proceedings against the government officials responsible for not complying with the order of the court.
Meanwhile, ANPWDFWA’s advocate, Tali Ao in an excerpt appended with the statement said that except initial expenditure incurred at the time of filling the first writ petition, the entire expenses in all the four different proceeding was incurred by him – with understanding with the parties involved – and that the expenses incurred by him and fees was agreed to be paid after they could manage funds for the purpose.
The advocate, however, felt that office bearers of the association instead of colleting their respective contribution from every division, it would be proper to collect from the source.
He also clarified that ANPWDFWA president assisted by his colleagues was the right person to take all necessary step so that it would enable them to reimburse his expenditure and pending fees.
Further, the excerpt recommended that since the writ petitioner and their counsel have been pursuing the cases in the court, the beneficiaries should contribute as members of respective association.
It also cautioned any individual or association from interfering in this case; adding if any vested interest person ignores court judgment order the action would be taken by the high court against the defaulter.