New Delhi, Sep 13 : The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Union Government and four other respondents on a petition filed by a PNB bank employee seeking medical aid to the retired employees of the country.
A bench comprising Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma issued showcause notice to the Union of India, the Punjab National Bank Chairman, Indian Banks Associations and United Forum of Bank Union on a special leave petition, filed by All India PNB Workers Federation general secretary J K Sawhney against the Delhi High Court order which had dismissed the bank employees demand.
The High Court had on March 14 this year dismissed the bank employees' petition saying, "It will be for the bank employees and the management of the banks to sit together and decide as to how best such medical facilities can be extended to the retired employees." The petitioner has raised the question of constitutional validity of the state's duty under Article 21 of the Constitution to safeguard the right to life of every person and demanded medical facilities not be denied to the employees after retirement as grant of medical facilities to a person is a fundamental right.
The petitioner said when the medical bills of full-time directors of the banks can be reimbursed then why there is parity between the retired employees of the bank.
Demanding their fundamental right of life to healthcare, the petitioner said it is the obligation of the state to look after the health of the employees who have served the banks for 60 long years.