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N.P.SREENIVASAN v. THE DIRECTOR, CTRL PLANTATION CROPS - OP No. 33863 of 2000(S) [2007] RD-KL 13399 (18 July 2007)

IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAM

OP No. 33863 of 2000(S)

1. N.P.SREENIVASAN
... Petitioner

Vs

1. THE DIRECTOR, CTRL PLANTATION CROPS
... Respondent

For Petitioner :SRI.P.V.MOHANAN

For Respondent :SRI.P.PARAMESWARAN NAIR, CGC

The Hon'ble MR. Justice K.S.RADHAKRISHNAN The Hon'ble MR. Justice ANTONY DOMINIC

Dated :18/07/2007

O R D E R

K.S.RADHAKRISHNAN & ANTONY DOMINIC, JJ

O.P.33863/2000

Dated this the 18th day of July, 2007



JUDGMENT

Radhakrishnan, J.

Writ petition is preferred seeking a writ of certiorari to quash the order in O.A.981/1997 passed by the Central Administrative Tribunal and also for a direction to set aside Ext.P5 so far as it does not extent the scale of pay of Rs.1640-2900 to Assistants/Stenographers working in the Institutes of Indian Council of Agricultural Research with effect from 1.1.1986 and also for other consequential reliefs.

2. Petitioners seek the fixation of the scale of pay of Rs.1640-2900 with effect from 1.1.1986. They were however granted the benefit only with effect from 16.6.1997 on unification of the cadres of Assistants/Stenographers Gr-II at the ICAR Headquarters and its research institutes. Before 16.6.1997 such a fixation could not have been granted since the appointment and recruitment of the ICAR institutes and Headquarters were different. Further the post of O.P.33863/2000 2 stenographers in the Institutes were not comparable with that of their counter parts at the Headquarters at the time of implementation of third Pay Commission. Pay scale for the Institutes were adopted on the pattern of the Subordinate Offices of the Government of India whereas for the ICAR Headquarters, pay scales of the Central Secretariat Offices were adopted.

3. We find on a direction by the CAT, New Delhi, the Government had decided to adopt the pay scale of Rs.1640-2900 for the pre-revised pay scale of Rs.425-

800. Similarly, in the case of Stenographers who were in the pre-revised pay scale of Rs. 425-700, the Government had adopted the revised pay scale of Rs.1400-2600 instead of Rs.1400-2300 on the award of the Board of Arbitration. Therefore it cannot be said that there was any discriminatory treatment in adopting the pay scale of Rs.1640-2900 for the Assistants and Stenographers at ICAR Headquarters, since they were in the higher pay scale of Rs.425-800 before implementation of the recommendations of the IV CPC, than their counterparts working at the ICAR Institutes. O.P.33863/2000 3 On the whole, it may be noted that the difference between the Assistants and Stenographers working in the Research Institutes as well as those Assistants and stenographers in the ICAR Headquarters is discernible not only in the recruitment but also in the nature of pay scales and other service benefits.

4. In such circumstances, contention of the petitioners that discriminatory treatment has been made in the case of the Assistants and Stenographers at ICAR institutes cannot be accepted. We, therefore, find no infirmity in the order passed by the Tribunal. Hence the petition is dismissed. K.S.RADHAKRISHNAN Judge ANTONY DOMINIC Judge mrcs


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