High Court has directed the Funds Organization to provide minimum wages to the Sweepers, Chowkidars and Gatekeepers working in the department.

Justice Javed Iqbal Wani quashed the orders and communication of the Finance Department maintaining the job of Sweeper as part time and directed the Government to pay wages to the petitioners at par with other employees.

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Various employees of Funds Organization through their counsel T H Khawja approached the court claiming to be working as Sweepers, Chowkidars and Gatekeepers in the department and seek that the authorities be directed to pay wages to them at par with minimum of the pay scale attached to the posts of Sweepers and Chowkidars as also consequential Dearness Allowance admissible of such basic pay.

Court said the observation made by the Director and Commissioner are perverse, arbitrary, discriminatory and suffer from vice of having been passed without application of mind as also based upon no evidence.

Court quashed the impugned order as also communication and commanded the authorities to pay the petitioners wages at par with SRO 460 of 2017 read with Government Order No. 25-F of 2018 or any other statutory modification there-from the date of issuance of said SRO or statutory modification thereof.