Regular worker, daily wager equal under Gratuity Act: Karnataka HC

The Payment of Gratuity Act does not differentiate between a regular employee and a daily wage employee, the Karnataka HC observed while directing the state government to settle the arrears of a 75-year-old retired Group-D employee in relation to the period when he worked as a daily wager.

Allowing the petition filed by Basavegowda, Justice M Nagaprasanna pointed out that the Supreme Court in the Senior Superintendent of Post Offices vs Gursewak Singh case, had ruled in favour of Gramin Dak Sewaks though they were part-time employees.

Basavegowda joined Government High School, as a Group-D employee on November 18, 1971. On retirement on May 31, 2013 he was paid Rs 1,92,700 as gratuity for his service period from January 1, 1990. As he was not paid the arrears after several representations he approached the HC.

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