Writ appeals closed as government, associations arrive at understanding

The Tamil Nadu government submitted before the Madras High Court on Thursday that it is ready to pay five months' salary to Makkal Nala Paniyalargal (MNPs) on or before May 31 this year as one-time payment.

By an order on January 23 this year, a single Judge had allowed the petitions by the Tamil Nadu Makkal Nala Paniyalargal Munnetra Sangam and the Dindigul Mavatta Makkal Nala Paniyalar Nala Sangam and quashed a G.O. disbanding the posts of MNP. Aggrieved, the government preferred the appeals.

During the last hearing on April 24, a Division Bench of Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and M. Venugopal, considering the family circumstances of MNPs, had suggested to Advocate-General A. Navaneethakrishnan payment of compensation to the workers, sole bread winners of their families, on the lines of the Industrial Disputes Act.

Mr. Navaneethakrishnan had sought time to get instructions.

The matter came up again on Thursday.

The AG said the government was ready to pay five months' salary to the workers as a one-time payment. Counsel for the associations agreed to it.

The Bench said without going into the merits, it was treating as closed the writ appeals as per the understanding between the government and the associations.

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