The Andhra Pradesh High Court has once again given an unexpected shock to the Jagan government. The High Court has once again expressed outrage over the delay in payment of employment guarantee scheme bills in AP. Lawyers for the petitioners brought to the notice of the bench that the government was not paying the bills issued by the High Court. They explained to the tribunal that the government was bothering them by delaying paying their bills. The lawyers asked the court to withdraw the orders issued by the lawyers canceling the interest.
With this, the AP High Court severely criticized the attitude of the Jagan government. The tribunal ruled that previous orders dismissing interest on the amount of the bills would not apply if the bills were not paid within four weeks.
The tribunal clarified that interest cancellation orders would be automatically revoked if not paid within 4 weeks. This has put a damper on the long-awaited employment guarantee scheme for contractors. However, it remains to be seen how the Jagan government will react to the High Court orders.