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K.K. Rai And Others � v. Union Of India Thru' The Secy. And Others ' - WRIT - C No. 3302 of 2006  RD-AH 3223 (13 February 2006)
Court No. 36
Civil Misc. Writ Petition No. 3302 of 2006
K.K. Rai & Ors. ------- Petitioners
Union of India & Ors. ------- Respondents
Hon'ble Sushil Harkauli,J.
Hon'ble Vikram Nath, J.
We have heard learned counsel for the petitioners, Shri V.R. Agrawal for IFFCO, Phulpur and Shri Pankaj Nakvi for IFFCO, Aonla and Shri H.C. Pathak for respondent nos. 1 and 2. We have considered the submissions made on behalf of both the sides.
It appears that the security of IFFCO, Phulpur and IFFCO, Aonla was entrusted to the CISF and for that purpose, the CISF personnel including the 81 petitioners in this writ petition, were posted either at IFFCO, Phulpur or IFFCO, Aonla.
Under conditions of their service, the CISF personnel are entitled to be provided free lodging, which is specified in Section 61 of the CISF Act. The accommodation had been provided by IFFCO, Phulpur and IFFCO, Aonla where these persons were living, some of them with their families and they had got their children admitted to various educational institutions at the place of their posting.
Suddenly, in the midstt of the academic session, in December, 2005, the CISF was withdrawn from both IFFCO, Phulpur and IFFCO, Aonla, and accordingly, these CISF personnel, excluding certain personnel, who belonged to a rear party, have been posted/ transferred elsewhere.
The petitioners have come to this Court for a direction for permitting them to retain the residential accommodation where they were living at IFFCO, Phulpur and IFFCO, Aonla till the end of the academic session to enable their children to complete their education in the current academic year and also to make alternative arrangements for their families.
After giving parties an opportunity, we feel that such of the petitioners, whose children are studying below Class 9th, can get their children transferred to other educational institutions either at the place they are posted or to other places. However, those petitioners, whose children are studying in Class 9th and above, may find it extremely difficult and expensive to make such shifting as it is common knowledge that from Class 9th onward children these days join various coachings where advance fees is paid for the entire year. Moreover, such shifting, considering the courses of Class 9, 10 and above, may cause irreparable loss to the academic careers of these children, who are not at fault.
On the other side, the IFFCO, Phulpur and IFFCO, Aonla have made alternative security arrangements and they will require accommodation, which will be provided to the new security staff. Balancing these two quarters, we find from the facts stated by Shri V.R. Agrawal that at IFFCO, Phulpur 2 barracks out of total of 4 barracks, 8 D-type quarters out of 48 such quarters, and 7 out of 8 C-type quarters, have been vacated by the CISF personnel. Similarly, we find from the facts stated by Shri Pankaj Nakvi that at IFFCO, Aonla, out of 77 quarters given to CISF personnel, 30 have been vacated.
In view of the order which we propose to pass on the lines mentioned above certain more accommodation will become available both at IFFCO, Phulpur and IFFCO, Aonla for being provided to the new security agency. We are of the opinion that from today, i.e., 13th February, 2006 till 13th May, 2006 is just a matter of three months and, therefore, it would be in the interest of justice to allow the following 19 petitioners formerly posted at IFFCO, Phulpur and the following 19 petitioners posted at IFFCO, Aonla, may be allowed by the IFFCO to retain the accommodation, which had been given to them, till 13th May, 2006 for the use of their family:-
Petitioners posted at IFFCO, Phulpur:-
10. Lal Chand
11. N.K. Chourasiya
12. Amar Pal
13. S.K.D. Dubey
14. R. Pandey
15. Narender Singh
16. S.S. Yadav
17. A.K. Shukla
18. S.R. Prasad
19. R.C. Chaturvedi
Petitioners posted at IFFCO, Aonla:-
1. G.S. Rawat
2. R.B. Singh
3. Babu Ram
4. Surender Singh
5. J.S. Bisht
6. Shyam Singh
7. Umesh Singh
8. Nandan Singh
9. Gopal Singh
10. Mohan Chand
11. A.A. Khan
12. Subash Chand
13. D.P. Joshi
14. R.P. Sharma
15. Badre Alam
16. Pankaj Kumar
17. Bhagwati Prasad
18. R.K. Sharma
The above mentioned 38 persons will vacate the accommodation on or before 13th May, 2006 positively as by that time, the examinations of the children should be over. In case these 38 persons still want to continue their children education at Phulpur or Aonla, they may obtain private accommodation where they can shift their families on or before the aforesaid date of 13th May, 2006.
The next question which arises is about the payment of the rent of these retained accommodations to the IFFCO, Phulpur or IFFCO, Aonla.
Although, technically the CISF may claim that it is not bound to provide rent free accommodation to these CISF personnel after they have been transferred, but in view of the fact that the CISF has been suddenly withdrawn in the midst of the academic session, we direct the CISF to negotiate the amount payable for these accommodations up to 13th May, 2006 at the IFFCO, Phulpur or IFFCO, Aonla as the case may be, and to make payment of the same to the IFFCO. The rent so paid by the CISF will not be recovered from any of these 38 persons unless they obtain and use rent free accommodation at the new place of their posting.
Another issue raised by the petitioners' side is that IFFCO has now decided to charge Rs. 4/- per unit for the electricity used or consumed by the petitioners.
Considering the circumstances, we further direct the IFFCO not to charge more than the rate, which the IFFCO has to pay for such electricity from the 38 persons, who have been allowed to retain the accommodation.
The writ petition is disposed of with the aforesaid directions.
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