Contractual staff must get at par wages: Supreme Court

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In a far-reaching verdict that brings relief to lakhs of contractual employees working in government departments and agencies, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that temporary workers are entitled to wages at par with permanent employees. A bench headed by Justice J S Khehar based its judgment on the principle of 'equal pay for equal work'. The rule, it said, constitutes a clear and unambiguous right vested in every employee whether engaged on regular or temporary basis. The principle has been underscored in various judgments rendered by the SC and is law of the land, it said.