HP High Court slams successive govts over appointment of regular teachers
Shimla, Nov 20
In a landmark order, the High Court of Himachal Pradesh has accused the state government of prioritizing cost-saving over the welfare of its poor, unemployed youth. The Division Bench, comprising Justice Vivek Singh Thakur and Justice Sandeep Sharma, expressed concern over the plight of PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Teachers, calling the government’s actions an attempt to “suck the blood” of the vulnerable.
The Court observed that despite repeated directions by the Courts to the State to provide regular Teachers in the schools, the State, irrespective of persons in power, has failed to follow the directions and to appoint regular Teachers. In compelling circumstances, PTAs are constrained to engage Teacher(s) to save the future of children.
The case revolves around the State’s Grant-in-Aid to Parent Teacher Association Rules, 2006, designed to provide financial support to PTA Teachers in schools. However, a communication dated 27.08.2007, excluded PTA Teachers in areas under Municipal Corporations, Municipal Committees, and Nagar Panchayats from receiving these benefits.
The High Court declared the classification of PTA Teachers in urban and rural areas as arbitrary and unintelligible, emphasizing that both groups share identical job responsibilities and levels of accountability. The court criticized the classification as discriminatory and cited it as another example of the state’s exploitative policies.
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