Landmark Supreme Court Ruling Confirms Pension Rights for Daily Wage Workers

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The Supreme Court’s decision marks a historic moment for labor rights, ensuring that the dedication and longevity of service by daily wage workers are honored with the pension benefits they rightfully deserve.
Landmark Supreme Court Ruling Confirms Pension Rights for Daily Wage Workers

In a groundbreaking decision, the Supreme Court of India has recognized the pension rights of daily wage workers, setting a precedent for labor law and workers’ rights across the nation.

 

Case Overview

Anand Prakash Mani Tripathi vs. State of Uttar Pradesh & Ors.

  • Civil Appeals: Nos. 6118, 6119, 6120, 6121, and 6122-6123 of 2024
  • Special Leave Petitions: Nos. 9614, 9634, 10396, 14220-14221, and 14140 of 2017

 

Legal Context

The crux of the case revolved around the entitlement of post-retiral benefits for appellants who served as daily wage workers for 30 to 40 years before being regularized. The Division Bench of the Allahabad High Court had previously decreed that their service would not contribute towards retirement and pension benefits.

 

Supreme Court’s Judgment

Justices Vikram Nath and Satish Chandra Sharma overruled the Division Bench’s judgment, reinstating the Single Judge’s decision that had initially directed the regularization of the appellants’ services from 1991.

However, the Court clarified that this Order has been passed in light of the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case.

 

Pivotal Findings

  1. Service Duration: The Court acknowledged the appellants’ extensive service, deeming it unjust to withhold post-retiral benefits.
  2. Reinstatement of Single Judge’s Order: The appellants were affirmed to be entitled to all benefits as per the Single Judge’s directive.
  3. State’s Obligation: The State of Uttar Pradesh was instructed to disburse the admissible benefits to the appellants or their legal heirs within two months.

 

Additional Information

  • The ruling emphasizes the importance of recognizing the contributions of long-serving daily wage workers.
  • It underscores the need for equitable treatment in terms of retirement benefits, aligning with regular government employees.
  • This judgment is a significant stride towards enhancing the rights of workers in India, particularly those in vulnerable employment conditions.

 

Parties Involved

  • Appellants: Anand Prakash Mani Tripathi and others
  • Respondents: State of Uttar Pradesh and others
  • Appellants’ Counsel: Mr. Dushyant Parashar, Mr. Dinesh Pandey, Mr. Manu Parashar, Mr. Bharat Sangal, Mr. R.R. Kumar, Mr. Yogesh Gupta, Mr. Swetank Shantanu, Ms. Kumud Lata Das, Ms. Shashi Kiran, Mr. Gyan Prakash Srivastava, Ms. Pooja Rathore, Ms. Akansha Kohli
  • Respondents’ Counsel:Mr. Somiran Sharma, Mr. Tanmaya Agarwal, Mr. Wrick Chatterjee, Mrs. Aditi Agarwal, and Mr. Vinayak Mohan

 

The Supreme Court’s decision marks a historic moment for labor rights, ensuring that the dedication and longevity of service by daily wage workers are honored with the pension benefits they rightfully deserve.

 

This ruling not only provides justice to the appellants but also sets a vital legal precedent for future cases concerning workers’ rights

Stay tuned, to PropleManager.co.in for further updates on the evolving workplace paradigm.   

 
 

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