HC rejects petitions against ECS, rules it is a need

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Madurai, Sep 27 (UNI) The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court today observed that Electronic Clearance System (ECS) of salary payment was in tune with the advancement in technology and ''it is for the State to evolve a proper policy in making payment to the employees.

On a petition filed by the Manager of the TDTA Primary and Middle Schools, C S I Nazareth, Thoothukudi, seeking to stay the Government Order to distribute salaries through ECS, Judge Mr Justice K Chandru rejected the contention that ECS system had snatched the right of the minority management to pay salaries to teachers.

He also dismissed the contention that by making payment directly to the teachers, loans could not be deducted. He said the contention that the Management would be held responsible in case of wrong payments, ''was an imaginary averment.'' The act of several managements in coming before the court to obtain stay against introducing the new system showed the vested interests of the managements, the judge observed. The beneficiaries of the ECS had not come to the court challenging it, he added.

''The system saved unnecessary wastage of paper and reduced risk of receiving salary in person. The allegations of the management are more egoistic than legal,'' the court observed.


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