Right to Salary/Earned wages of Public Servants: An overview
Dr. Pramod Kumar Singh
The expression “salary” means “fixed payment made periodically to an employee as compensation for regular work”. The “wages” means “a compensation given to a hired person for services rendered”. The expression “wages” and “salary” bear almost the same meaning. Every employee has right to get fair and just emoluments and thus non-payment of reasonable salary would amount to violation Article 21 of Constitution of India. The plea of invalidity of appointment cannot be taken by the state or employer denying salary for services rendered. Even illegally appointed person is entitled to his salary prior to the date of termination. The employee may claim interest on arrears of salary as a matter of right under Article 14, 19 and 21 of constitution.