A bench of Supreme Court of India consisting of Justice H.L. Gokhale and Justice J. Chelameswar in an order dated December 17, has directed Chandigarh Administration to reimburse the college Management’s the expenses on account of CPF of staff @10% of their salary as envisaged in Regulation 12.3 of Chapter VIII-E of PU Calendar 2007. The judgment was delivered on an SLP’s titled Chandigarh Administration and Anr. Versus Dr. Jagwant Singh and others
These SLP’s were filed by Chandigarh Administration, Governing Body of DAV College, Sector 10, Governing Body of MCMDAV College, Sector 36 against a judgment of Punjab and Haryana High Court dated Aug 8, 2012 on a writ petition filed by Dr. Jagwant Singh and others, which had allowed CPF as per PU Calendar on total salary w.e.f. 1.4.1984 along with interest @9% from the due date till the date when the payment is made. The Supreme Court in its judgment said that, “This bench has taken the view that the college management must make the payment of provident fund and thereafter seek reimbursement from the State Govt.”
In a statement to the press Dr. Jagwant Singh the petitioner, a member of PU senate and former General Secretary, PCCTU stated that the judgment has finally held that Regulation 12.3 of Chapter VIII (E) of PU Calendar VOL-I, 2007 is binding both on the Managements and Chandigarh Administration. He said that he hopes that all the Managements, including the petitioner Management of DAV College, Sector 10 and MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, will implement the judgment without any further delay as they will receive an additional grant of Rs.50-70 lacs from Chandigarh Administration.
Dr. P.S. Gill, President, PCCT, Dr. Iqbalpreet Kaur, Convener Women Wing, PCCTU and
Dr. Ghanshyam Dev, President, Chandigarh Dist. Council of PCCTU, welcomed the judgment and urged upon college authorities and Chandigarh Administration to implement the orders of the Supreme Court immediately.