By Naveen BhushanThe government paid him Rs 3 lakh for the construction of a building in the city of Jaipur.
But the money was not enough for him to buy land in the nearby town of Kankeram, where he wanted to build a factory.
The construction company he worked for had started working at a new plant, but the construction work was cancelled after the government stopped paying the workers.
He started looking for a job in the private sector, but found a job was not coming through.
The company was in dire straits.
So, he quit.
He tried to get another job in a company that would employ him, but was told he would be sacked for being “an unreliable worker”.
“They were taking away my salary because they were not paying the salary of the other employees,” he said.
He appealed to the National Human Resource Development (NHRE) Ministry and the National Industrial Development Authority (NIDA) but they did not intervene.
Then, he approached the Supreme Court in Kolkata.
He challenged his dismissal and the court gave him the go-ahead.
But it was too late.
He had been dismissed for being a “person of untruth and non-attitude”.
The court said the government did not have to pay him even though he was an honest person.
“The government can just tell the workers that they are being given a salary for their work but it has no legal effect,” the court said.
A year later, the government has taken the decision to end his employment.
He lost Rs 4 lakh in the first few months and he has lost another Rs 4,000.
He is now in debt of around Rs 10 lakh.
His employer has now turned around and paid him his full salary.
“It’s a huge loss for me,” he says.
The case, called Rameshbhai, was heard in the apex court in April this year.
The Supreme Court ordered that the government pay Rs 3.3 lakh to Rameshambhai in addition to Rs 4.2 lakh he had already been awarded by the National Employment Guarantee Act.