Direction given to serve notice on the former Labour Minister

The Circuit Bench of the Karnataka High Court has stayed an order passed by the court of the Assistant Labour Commissioner on October 6, 2010, under the Payment of Wages Act to deposit Rs. 9.05 crore as wage arrears for 35 months to 442 pourakarmikas of Gulbarga City Corporation.

Justice Mohan Shantanagoudar, in his order passed on March 25, on a writ petition by the Commissioner of Gulbarga City Corporation, Manoj Jain, granted an interim stay on the order passed by the court of the Assistant Labour Commissioner.

He also directed issue of emergent notices to the former Labour Minister S.K. Kanta, on whose petition the court passed the order, to appear in the court within five days of the serving of the notice.

Meanwhile, the pourakarmikas, mostly women, who have been denied wages for more than 40 months, came in a procession to the Deputy Commissioner's office and staged a dharna outside it. They were led by Mr. Kanta.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Math Mallikarjun met the pourakarmikas and gave a copy of the stay order of the High Court. He urged them to call off the agitation.

Earlier, tension prevailed at the spot where the workers were staging a dharna after the police threatened to arrest them if they did not leave the place as they were causing causing hurdles to the people to have easy access to the government offices. .