ANDHRA PRADESH

Employee works for one year even after retirement

Correspondent

VIZIANAGARAM: A faux pas by the Bobbili Municipality in the case of an employee of the Public Health Department has kicked up a row and officials concerned are finding no way to rectify it. The blunder came to light at the recent council meeting.

Jalagadugu Guru Murty, a worker in the Public Health Department, worked for one year more than the stipulated superannuation period.

He was to retire on June 30, 2004, but continued in service till June 30, 2005.

He had drawn Rs. 6,000 per month as salary during the additional period.

Officials concerned are now trying to recover Rs. 72,000 from his retirement benefits.

But, Mr. Guru Murty, an illiterate, argues that it is for the administration to issue notice of retirement and hence he is at no fault.

"Further, who will pay for the work discharged by me during the additional period?" he asks. He intends to take to legal recourse if the municipal administration deducts Rs. 72,000 from his statutory benefits.

Notice served

The additional service put in by Mr. Murty was detected only after the newly elected council assumed office.

Municipal Chairman Baby Nayana made it clear at council meeting that the additional amount paid would be recovered from Mr. Murty's benefits.

A notice was also served on Sumati, a clerk, now working in the Gajuwaka Municipality, seeking explanation.