Around 400 employees had to go without their salaries for August after the salary account of Punjab's director of medical education and research was attached in a contempt of court case.
According to sources in the department of medical education and research, around 400 employees, including senior officials, of the department couldn't get their salaries for August following the decision. These include senior doctors and joint director, medical education and research, Dr Gurdeep Singh Kalyan.
Sources said around 315 employees, including some doctors and senior faculty members working at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, and around 60 employees working in the directorate, had failed to get salaries. The decision was taken for non-compliance of court orders on a petition by three doctors in Patiala, who were fighting a case for an increase in their salaries.
Medical education director Dr Manjit Kaur Mohi said the case had been listed for Thursday.
The attachment of the salary account was the fallout of a contempt case filed by three faculty members of Government Medical College, Patiala, against the director and Government Medical College, Patiala. The doctors had filed a petition in the court for an increase in their salaries. And the court had given the verdict in their favour. Following this, when the department failed to pay the dues, the doctors moved the court again.
However, on request of the finance department, the department of medical education and research had sought two months' time to pay arrears and dues of the affected doctors. Sources in the department said that on the last hearing held on August 23, when the court came to know that the department had failed to comply with the court orders, they ordered attachment of the salary head (account) of the director.