The High Court of Meghalaya dismisses HASA case filed by NEHUTA, clears VC of NEHU

Shillong, April 30: The general public is already aware that NEHU is a Central University and receives its funding from the Government of India to run its academic and administrative and  financial affairs, in the best interest of the students and society.

Therefore, various directions issued from time to time by the Government of India, concerned Ministry i.e. MHRD, UGC etc. need to be followed.  Also, the provisions of Acts & Statutes, General Financial Rules (GFR), Service Conduct Rules etc. are to be observed by all.

As per NEHU Act and Statutes, the Hon’ble President of India is the Visitor of the University.  Any directive from the Hon’ble Visitor must be complied and implemented by the University / stakeholders.

As per the direction from the Hon’ble Visitor conveyed through the Ministry of Education(formerly Ministry of Human and  Resource Development), Government of India to discontinue payment of Hill Area Special Allowance (HASA) to the employees of NEHU vide letter dated 11.05.2017.

Accordingly, the University had complied with the direction of the Hon’ble Visitor and a Notification dated 14.06.2017 was issued to this effect.

The decision of the University to discontinue payment of HASA to the employees was challenged by the NEHU Teachers’ Association before the Hon’ble High Court of Meghalaya vide WP(C)No. 186 of 2017 and the Hon’ble High Court had decided the matter in favour of the Union of India and others, including NEHU.

Against the Judgement passed by the Learned Single Bench, the NEHU Teachers’ Association had filed a Writ Appeal No. 12 of 2018 before the Division Bench of the Hon’ble Meghalaya High Court.

On the Writ Appeal filed by the NEHU Teachers’ Association against the Union of India on discontinuation of HASA the Division Bench of the Meghalaya High Court after hearing the case, in the recent Judgment dismissed the Writ Appeal in favour of the Union of India & NEHU on the discontinuation of HASA to the NEHU employees.

Further, while dismissing the matter, the Division Bench of the Hon’ble High Court have also cleared the allegation on manipulation and malafide intention by the Vice-Chancellor, NEHU, Prof. Sri Krishna Srivastava as wrongly alleged by NEHUTA. The NEHU Teachers’ Association is expected to comply with the provision of NEHU Act & Statutes. The recent Judgement is available on the Website of the Hon’ble High Court of Meghalaya.

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