A man had to fight court battles and endure bureaucratic sloth for a
quarter of a century to take up a government job for which he had
been selected, but finally he could work for only 41 days - he had
reached his retirement age by then.
that's not it. Mohammed Abdur Rauf, 63, is now running from pillar
to post for his pension - but even that is proving elusive.
a resident of Park Circus in south Kolkata, was selected for the
post of assistant sampler in the West Bengal government's food and
supplies department, but a false police case registered against him
by a close relative proved his nemesis as the police took all of 25
years to give him a clean chit and, that too, after being prodded by
was selected for the post of assistant sampler on 5. 5. 1982, but
was asked to submit the police verification certificate as per
the meanwhile, false cases were framed by my brother and, without
any kind of investigation, the Beniapukur police station registered
the cases and a report was sent to the food and supplies department
that I have a criminal case against me," Rauf told IANS.
department told Rauf he could join only after being cleared in the
fought the case with the help of legal aid from friends and the
court gave him a clean cheat in 2001. But the nightmare was not yet
over for Rauf, who stays in a slum and earns his living from the
rent he gets from tenants.
verdict was given after 20 years in 2001. I rushed to the food
supplies department but was asked to submit a report by police. Then
the harassment of the administrative officers started.
took six long years till state assembly Speaker Hashim Abdul Halim
came to my rescue. He instructed the police authorities and the food
department to look into the matter. And I was told to join on
20.11.2007 and retired on 31.12.2007 as I reached the superannuation
age of 60.
accepted my destiny and thought that I would spend the rest of my
life on pension. But I was denied pension as I have worked for only
41 days. But this is not my fault. It is because of the
administration that I had to go through such an ordeal," said Rauf.
Pushed to the wall, the man then moved the State Administrative
Tribunal (SAT) which ordered that he be given pension. But the
administrative officers didn't lend an ear to the verdict, forcing
Rauf to move the Minorities Commission.
passed the verdict but the food department didn't implement it. So I
moved the Minorities Commission. It has already sent three to four
letters to the department, but the department of food and supplies
is yet to act," said Rauf.
will he do now? Rauf thundered: "Sher mar jayega par ghaas nehi
khayega (the tiger will die of starvation but will not eat grass). I
will wait for a few more days and then I will again move court for
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