Udupi; Jan 04: Karnataka government, which has recently paid Rs 2.11 lacs each to Udupi Akku-Leela towards their 42 years of service, it has informed Supreme court, in this regard that again it is going to pay Rs.3.68 lacs each and informed to Supreme Court in this regard.
The duo were given a cheque of second installment on Jan 01.Upon realizing that this was going to be sued and charged with contempt of court on January 02, the government said in a statement submitted to the supreme court, an affidavit regarding the legalization of their employment will be done within two weeks.
Over the past four years, questioning the ruffian, boorishness approachment of the government, which did not follow the orders of the Supreme Court, fight conducted by the foundation for the defense of human rights, is now started giving fruits. The foundation in this regard by organizing symposiums, tried for public opinion, foundation could succeed in getting justice for two women of lower ranks, said Dr.Ravindranath Shanbagh, president of the foundation and human rights fighter.
At various levels, ministers and authorities in education department, who did not even ready to bulge to the supreme court orders by appealing,inter-departmental correspondence, unavailability of records, they kept on dragging the case and wasted the times.Due to this, in the last June supreme court of justice has filed a abuse lawsuit. Supreme Court has given the time period to implement the order in September and October month. When it was confirmed that the government cannot evade from this, two weeks before first installment was paid, he said
Background of the incident:
Akku-Leela, were working in Udupi government girl’s training school conducted by State Education department for the past 40 years on temporary basis on paltry monthly salary of Rs 15 per month and have retired in 2011.
But all the appeals, requests made by Akku-Leela to the department during their service period for making them permanent and to give full salary like other employees were all in vain.
In spite of having clear government order in 1984 to make all the employees permanent, those who have served more than 10 years of continuous service, in Akku-Leela’s case, their requests have been refused.
In 1998, Akku-Leela, who have complained to board of administration of justice, under the guidance of Udupi human rights defense foundation, the department had suspended both of them from the service. Though they were not receiving salary, they used to work continuously without fail. In 2003, the court delivered the verdict in this case, asking the government to make their service permanent and asked them to pay full salary like other employees effective from 1971.
The Karnataka government even refused this order and challenged the case in Karnataka high court in 2004.By refusing the contention of Karnataka government in this case, in 2004 Karnataka high court ordered the state government to follow the orders of foundation. Not bulging to this order also, Karnataka government took the case to Supreme Court but there also government had to face humiliation. In 2010, January Supreme court in its final verdict suggested that Akku-Leela’s employment to be made permanent and to pay full salary like others with effect from 1971.