The Madras High Court on Thursday issued notices on a petition seeking a direction to the state government to notify the period of lockdown as "special holidays" for industrial establishments under the Tamil Nadu (National, Festival and Special Holidays) Act, 1958.
The plea filed by one S. Ravindran averred that the government should, in terms of its powers under Section 3(2) of the Tamil Nadu (National, Festival and Special Holidays) Act, declare the period between March 24 and April 14 as special holidays for all industrial establishments, except those that were allowed to function during this period under the lockdown exemptions.
As per Section 3(2) of the Act, "the Government may, having due regard to any emergency or special circumstances prevailing in the State or any part thereof, by notification, declare any other day as a special holiday, to the employees of the industrial establishments, as it may deem fit."
A division bench of Justices R. Subbiah and R. Pongiappan has thus issued notices to the state government and its Labour and Employment Department, seeking a reply in the matter by April 24.
Case Title: S. Ravindran v. State of Tamil Nadu & Anr.
Case No.: WP No. 7473/2020
Quorum: Justice R. Subbiah and Justice R. Pongiappan
Appearance: Petitioner in person; Additional Advocate General SR Rajagopal, assisted by Government Pleader V. Jayaprakash Narayanan and Special Government Pleader E. Balamurugan (for State)
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