Ex-bar workers’ rehabilitation: HC sets two-month deadline to formulate scheme

The Kerala High Court has directed the state government to formulate within two months a scheme for the rehabilitation of the employees of the liquor bars who had  been  retrenched following

Published: 09th November 2017 01:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th November 2017 08:03 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court has directed the state government to formulate within two months a scheme for the rehabilitation of the employees of the liquor bars who had  been  retrenched following the previous UDF Government’s decision to close down all bars except those functioning in five-star hotels.
The court order came on a plea from the ex-bar employees who had lost their job with effect from April 1, 2014  due to the change in the Abkari Policy for 2014-2015. 

The government had come out with a plan- ‘Punarjani-2030’ for rehabilitating the retrenched bar employees and imposed a five per cent cess on liquor sold through Bevco. The cess was collected from October 2014. The government has collected `650.75 crore by way of  cess till December 2016. The government is yet to spend money on the rehabilitation of workers who are still without a job, the petitioners claimed.

According to the HC, the government had not so far come out with any guidelines to implement the order on the rehabilitation of the former bar employees. Therefore, it is imperative to frame a scheme in tune with the government order for rehabilitation of the employees. The scheme should be formulated without delay, the court held.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kochi news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

FIFA-World-Cup-2018