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Calcutta HC Passes Order to Resolve Dispute Regarding Disbursement of Pension In School

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In the case of Sandwip Kumar Bhattacharya v. The State of West Bengal & Others. The petitioner filed a case claiming disbursement of his pension which he is entitled after retiring from the post of Headmaster at Kabirpur High School (H.S.) (in short, the said school) on 31st January 2020. but have not received it yet. After hearing both sides, the court asked the High school to produce all required documents pertaining to the petitioner’s claim.

Facts of the case

Petitioner is a senior citizen who recently retired from the Kabirpur High School received two increments before his retirement based on the government order dated 4th May 2020. Before retirement, the petitioner submitted all relevant documents before the school authorities so that the same may be forwarded to the pension sanctioning authority for disbursement of the pensionary benefits. But the representation has yet not been considered and the petitioner has not been disbursed the benefits.

Arguments made by the petitioner

Learned counsel states that as per the pension scheme, the authorities are under obligation to immediately disburse pension after the retirement of the concerned employee. The counsel stated that due to the laxity of the defendant the petitioner is facing a financial crisis.

Arguments by the respondent 

The learned advocate on behalf of the defendant stated that according to the pension scheme, the respondents must ensure that the petitioner starts getting pension on and from the date of his retirement.

The Court’s Verdict

Upon hearing the learned advocates appearing for the petitioner and the State respondents, the court stated that no useful purpose will be served by keeping the writ petition pending and the issue needs to be relegated to the pension sanctioning authority. Further directed the respondent to take appropriate steps towards disbursement of the pensionary benefits of the petitioner, per law.

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