In a big relief for many Government Doctors serving in Karnataka, Maharashtra etc. The Supreme Court vide its order passed toady 31-7-2020 has taken note of the statement of the Solicitor General of the central government, werein, the government has accepted that cutting of salaries of doctors owing to they being in quarantine thus unable to present themselves for work for some days was not correct practice.
The issue came up for hearing when the solicitor general Mr. Tushar Mehta referred to a notification of the government directing that the salaries of all the health care workers be paid on timely basis. The counsel appearing for the doctors brought out the issue of doctors who were not receiving this benefit owing to they being in quarantine and their period of absence was being counted as leave.
Mr. Tushar Mehta appearing for the union has accepted that such deduction being made was illegal and sought instructions pertaining to the issue from the government.
In the most likely of the circumstances this statement in an indirect way also suggests that the deduction of salary etc made of doctors in such a manner was clearly not as per law and therefore raised the hopes of many government doctors whose salaries were being forfeited till now in the name of leave.
See the order