No Eid for families of 76 ex-employees of Cadet College Pano Aqil for being deprived of salaries since years

Human Rights

Sindh govt. had released Rs.75.594 million in April last for payment of arrears of salaries but the Principal allegedly refuses to pay

Karachi: The families of 76 ex-employees of Cadet College Pano Aqil will not be able to celebrate Eidul Fitr, as the former employees have been deprived of salaries since years, first due to pathetic attitude of Sindh government and then alleged refusal by the Principal of the college.

“Following the court orders, Sindh govt. had released Rs.75.594 million in April last for payment of arrears of outstanding salaries of past several years but the Principal allegedly refuses to pay,” the affected employees told Sindh Courier showing various documents including the copy of the cheque issued by the provincial government to the college authorities.

The covering letter of the cheque, issued by College Education Department on April 20, 2020 to the Principal of Cadet College, captioned as ‘Release of Special Grant in Aid in Favor of Cadet College Pano Aqil for Clearance of Salary Dues of 76 employees of Cadet College pano Aqil’ states that ‘Enclosed herewith cheque No: 22129328 dated April 20, 2020 amounting to Rs.75594000/- (Rupees Seventy Five Million, Five Hundred Ninety Four Thousands) regarding salaries dues of seventy six employees of Cadet College Pano Aqil on the subject noted above for taking further necessary action as per rules/policy.’

Earlier on February 20, 2020, the Additional Advocate General of Sindh Shafi Muhammad Chandio had written a letter to the Secretary of the Department and the Principal of the Cadet College urging them for immediate payment of salary dues to the affected employees of college as per orders of Sindh High Court issued in a constitutional petition filed by one Zulfiqar Ali Indhar and others regarding the salaries. He had informed the authorities of College Education Department and the Principal of the Cadet College Pano Aqil that pursuant to the SHC orders, Secretary Finance Department of Sindh government had released Rs.75.594 million on February 14, 2020 as special grant-in-aid in favor of the Cadet College Pano Aqil and the said funds have been placed at the disposal of Secretary College Education for further disbursement to the concerned quarter, but still the petitioners have not been paid the salaries.

The AAG had stated further to expedite the process and ensure the release of salaries to the petitioners within a week. In case of failure, the Secretary College Education shall appear in the court in person to explain the position on February 27, 2020 fixed for the hearing.

“The Principal of Cadet College Pano Aqil Lt. Col. (Retired) Javaid Aleem even then didn’t pay heed to the court orders and for that reason SHC Sukkur Circuit Bench had issued a show cause notice to the Principal on April 29, 2020 directing him to appear in the court and reply on April 30, 2020,” the employees told showing the copy of show cause notice.

“Despite these clear orders and release of funds, the Principal, a retired army officer is adamant not to pay the salary dues to 76 ex-employees of Cadet College Pano Aqil, in violation of SHC orders,” the ex-employees alleged.

Earlier, in a written reply submitted to the SHC Sukkur Bench on February 25, 2020, the Principal of Cadet College Pano Aqil had stated that the Cadet College kicked off as Government Institution in 2008 and its employees were enrolled as government servants by the then District Government and the salaries of these employees were being paid through government treasury till June 2012. However, later when the District Government System was rolled back in 2012, the salaries of employees were being released by Director School Education Sukkur till June 2013, but later the salaries were stopped all of sudden with effect from July 2013.

Principal stated further that in a petition filed by the 76 employees, SHC had ordered Sindh government on August 24, 2017 to release all outstanding salaries of four years. Sindh assembly, through an Act passed in 2013 had regularized all the ad hoc and contractual employees but the employees of Cadet College could not be regularized. Even on February 14, 2020, a meeting held in Chief Secretary Sindh office, to regularize all impending cases but again the adjustment of Cadet College’s ex-employees was not considered. He informed the court that GOC 16 Division Pano Aqil Cantonment, who is Chairman, Board of Governors of the Cadet College, also approached the Education Department of Sindh on May 11, 2018 for adjustment of ex-staff of Cadet College.

The Principal had strongly recommended in his reply to the court that 7 ex-employees should be adjusted/reverted to Sindh Education Department immediately.

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