HYDERABAD: A public interest litigation was filed in the Hyderabad High Court challenging the government’s decision to pay 43 per cent fitment benefit to its employees. Petitioner, Forum for Better Living, a voluntary organization represented by D Padmaja of Warangal, submitted that the government has decided to offer 43 per cent fitment benefit for fixing the pay in the revised pay scales as against the 29 per cent recommended by the 10th Pay Revision Commission. The revised pay scales will be implemented notionally from July 1, 2013 with monetary benefit from June 2, 2014.
The petitioner argued that the government had acted in haste without waiting for the report of a high-powered committee constituted to hold talks with the staff. “The action of declaring fitment is tantamount to a quid pro quo between the government and its employees,” it alleged and claimed that the government was unable to allocate funds for priority sectors like medical and health, agriculture, education etc.