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HC tells Modi govt to hike teachers’ pay

Filed on May 4, 2012

In a landmark judgment that could benefit thousands of teachers, the Gujarat High Court has ordered the state government to offer all benefits of a regular staff to 46 teachers of a school for mentally challenged children.

The court asked the Narendra Modi administration to consider the 46 teachers who had been hired on fixed wages — Rs 4,500 a month for five years — as permanent employees, and award them benefits of a regular employee from the date of their appointment with retrospective effect. Shalin Mehta, advocate for petitioners, told Khaleej Times that it was now to be seen if the state government applied the order to only the 46 teachers or to all the teachers who are teaching mentally challenged students in Gujarat.

Meanwhile, faced with a huge additional financial burden — Rs 30 billion — in the wake of the high court’s order to provide benefits of regular pay scale to all its employees drawing fixed wages, the state government has challenged the decision in the Supreme Court which is expected to start the hearing in the case soon. A government official told Khaleej Times that the financial strain on the government already reeling under a rising debt would be enormous and unbearable.

mahesh@khaleejtimes.com


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