The Delhi High Court on Monday directed North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) to provide monthly wages to the workmen in compliance of its earlier order of January.
The Court was hearing a case of workmen seeking implementation of the Court order dated 29th January, 2021 where the Court has directed NDMC to pay wages as per parameters laid down under Section 17B of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947.
A Single Judge bench comprising of Justice Pratibha Singh observed that, “This Court is of the opinion that there is no valid ground for the Petitioner for not complying with the order of this Court, especially when it involves monthly payment of wages to workmen. The order directing payment was passed on 29th January 2021. The said order has been upheld on 16th March 2021, by the Ld. Division Bench in LPA No.112/2021. The SLP is stated to have been filed but admittedly is not even listed. The order has been in operation for more than five months and there is no stay upon the operation of the order of the court dated 29th January 2021.”
The Court further stated, “Accordingly, it is directed that the payment, in terms of the order dated 29th January 2021, be released by the Corporation within a period of our weeks. The said release would however, be subject to orders, if any, that may be passed in the SLP. In case the payments are not released, a Senior officer of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation shall remain present in Court on the next date.”
The matter would be heard next on August 26.