Calcutta, June 5: Calcutta High Court today directed the education department to pay within a fortnight retirement benefits, including pension, gratuity and provident und dues, accrued to two primary school teachers from Nadia who retired nine years ago.
The division bench of Chief Justice A.K. Mishra and Justice Joymalya Bagchi also made it clear that the director of school education, Rajesh Sinha, would have to be present in their court on June 19 and furnish an explanation if his department failed to execute the order.
The education department has prayed for 14 days’ time to carry out the directive.
Ibrahim Mallik and Montu Lal Sarkar had joined Tarinipur Primary School in Nadia on November 5, 1967, and retired as assistant teachers on March 31, 2005.
“Both teachers had first opted for contributory provident fund (CPF) in 1981, but within an hour, changed their decision and chosen general provident fund along with gratuity benefits. Their revised decision was conveyed to the education department soon,” Lakshmi Pal, the counsel appearing for the teachers, told the court.
Pal said that after the teachers retired in 2005, the education department told them that they would get benefits under the CPF scheme. “When the teachers said they had opted for the GPF scheme, they were denied their retirement benefits by the education department,” the lawyer added.
Unlike CPF, GPF offers gratuity benefits.
The teachers had moved a contempt of court plea in the high court after the education department failed to pay their dues even after orders by the high court and the Supreme Court.