The Punjab and Haryana high court has held that those employees who prior to joining the government worked with unaided schools are eligible for assured career progression (ACP) and pensionary benefits for their service period with the latter.
A high court bench of justice Amit Rawal delivered the judgment on a petition of over 50 Haryana employees, who had sought directions to government to treat their service in aided schools countable towards pension, pensionary benefits as well other consequential benefits like ACP.
They had argued that their service record with unaided schools had been produced, and when the pay scales of government schools were revised (when they were with unaided schools), their pay scales were also revised on the same pattern.
The government had stated that petitioners were not entitled for the relief sought, as these employees had not made contributions towards the central provident fund and the record of their service could not be verified.
However, the high court took note of the government affidavit in an earlier case wherein it had, in a contempt petition, assured to give ACP and pensionary benefits to a similarly-placed employee.
"There is no force in the argument raised by the learned state counsel in as much as that state would not be able to release the benefits in the absence of service record," the high court said while directing that government to ask petitioners to furnish their exact service particulars and which would be verified by department concerned from school records.