DA Case Update: Excessive discrimination in Dearness Allowance (DA) of Central and State Government employees. 46 percent in the Centre, only 6 percent in the state. The matter related to Dearness Allowance (DA case) of state government employees has reached the Supreme Court. Now Gerua Shibir has entered into a court battle in that matter. CPM’s lawyer MP Vikas Ranjan Bhattacharya has played an important role in this case from the beginning. Advocate Firdous Shamim is also playing an important role on behalf of the leftist organization of government employees. BJP’s organization Government Employees Council is also involved in this matter. Guddu Singh is his lawyer in Calcutta High Court.
Now that this matter is in the Supreme Court. Udyam Mukherjee is the ‘Advocate on Record’ of Gerua Shibir. However, when the case will be heard in the Supreme Court on Friday, November 3, two well-known national level lawyers can be seen on behalf of Gerua Shibir. Opposition leader Shubhendu Adhikari himself has said about such a possibility. However, BJP has not said anything yet about who will be in that role.
The government approached the Supreme Court after the Calcutta High Court ruled in favor of the state government employees who had filed the suit. This case was filed in the Supreme Court on November 3, 2022. The first hearing was held on 28 November. Advocate Mukul Rohatgi gave arguments on behalf of the state. On the same day, the Supreme Court announced that the next hearing of the case would end on December 5. Later, government lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi was transferred and appointed. Since then, dates are being given one after the other, but due to various reasons the hearing is getting delayed. The next hearing scheduled for July 14 was postponed till November 3.
On May 20, 2022, the Calcutta High Court directed state government employees to pay DA at the rate of 31 percent. The state went to the Supreme Court to challenge that order. According to the state’s argument, if DA is given as per the decision of the High Court, then it will cost about Rs 41 thousand 770 crore. At present it is not possible for the state government to afford it. Incidentally, a case of contempt of court has also been filed against Nawanna for not paying the DA dues within the stipulated time as per the High Court order. However, in view of the Supreme Court’s application, its hearing in the High Court has been postponed for the time being.