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Govt employees' salaries should not be stopped for not getting vaccinated: Gauhati HC

Govt employees' salaries should not be stopped for not getting vaccinated: Gauhati HC

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GUWAHATI: The Gauhati High Court has passed an interim order and stated that government employees' salaries should not be stopped for not getting vaccinated against the COVID-19; it further stated that employees should not be charged for testing.

The Kohima bench comprising Justice Songkhupchung Serto and Justice S. Hukato Swu was hearing a PIL filed by Testo College's assistant professor Dr. Aniruddha Babar of Political Science Department challenging the order issued by the State Government dated 17th July 2021 regarding attendance in office and requirement for vaccination for employees and staff in Nagaland Civil Secretariat and Directorates.

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"We have gone through the order issued by the Chief Secretary which is under challenge. We are of the considered view that prima facie the order is not in consonance with the orders passed by this Court in the PIL (Suo Moto) 1/2021 and right of the employees under the Constitution of India," read a part of the order by the Gauhati High Court.

The high court has listed the matter again on August 18 this year along with PIL (Suo Moto) 1/2021 and PIL 7/2021.

The order read further, "Till the returnable date, fees should not be charged for testing from Government employees and their salaries should not be stopped for the reason of not having being vaccinated."

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