Calcutta HC rejects DA review petition of West Bengal govt

KOLKATA: West Bengal's government's request for a dearness allowance review is denied by the Calcutta High Court. On Thursday, a division bench of the Calcutta High Court denied a review plea filed by the West Bengal government asking the court to reconsider its earlier order requiring payment of dearness allowance (DA) arrears within three months.

The state government's request to have the May 20 order reviewed was denied by judges Harish Tandon and Rabindranath Samanta on the bench.

In May, the Calcutta High Court ordered the West Bengal government to release DA arrears dating back to July 200 -- when the Revision of Pay and Allowances (ROPA) took effect in the state--within three months, upholding a judgement by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).

The Administrative Tribunal ruling of July 2019 directing the state government to pay dearness allowance at parity with the centre and to pay the sum in three installments was challenged by the state government in a writ suit filed in the high court.

A contempt suit filed by the associations of state government employees, stating that the authorities had not paid the DA arrears within three months of May 2022, was also set for hearing on November 9 by the division bench on Thursday.

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