Punjab High Court Orders Pension Adjustment for Retired Staff of Aided Schools According to the Sixth Pay Commission

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued an order to the Punjab Government to adjust the pensions of approximately 8,000 retired teachers and non-teaching staff from aided schools in Punjab in accordance with the Sixth Pay Commission.

The court has given the government one month to implement these changes and warned that if the decision is not executed by the next hearing, the secretaries of both the Education and Finance Departments must be present in court.

The petition, filed by Satya Prakash and others through advocate Sunny Singla, claimed that the retirees have not yet received the pension benefits recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission, despite the case being under consideration for the past two years.

A meeting chaired by the Principal Secretary of the Finance Department on December 21, 2023, had theoretically approved the pension revision, but no practical steps have been taken since.

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The court criticized the Punjab Government for the prolonged delay in implementing the theoretical approval and noted that some formalities were still pending. The government requested four additional weeks to finalize the pension adjustments.

The High Court ordered that the pensions be recalculated within four weeks, and failure to comply will require the presence of the secretaries of both the Education and Finance Departments at the next hearing.

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