Bad news for contractual teachers: Bihar govt likely to move apex court against HC verdict

Bad news for contractual teachers: Bihar govt likely to move apex court against HC verdict

PATNA: This is bad news for contractual teachers in Bihar.

The state government in Bihar is contemplating to move the Supreme Court against the Patna High Court’s verdict asking for equal salary to contractual teachers at par with the regular teachers in government schools, local media reported today.

A report in the English daily Hindustan Times said, the government categorically told the High Court that bearing the huge financial load of paying the prescribed scale to all teachers would be next to impossible.

“Still, the court has given its ruling, and I will give my opinion to the government. It is for the government to take a call. I think it should move (the apex court),” Bihar advocate general Lalit Kishor was quoted as saying in the HT on Wednesday.

The Patna High Court in a landmark judgment yesterday had ruled that thousands of teachers appointed on contractual basis were entitled for getting salary at par with the regular teachers appointed in government schools.

A division bench comprising chief justice Rajendra Menon and justice Anil Kumar Pandey gave the judgment while hearing a bunch of petitions from contractual teachers on Tuesday.

The judgment has come as a huge relief to around 4 lakh teachers who were appointed on contractual basis by the Nitish Kumar government.

Initially, the contractual teachers were appointed on a monthly salary of Rs 5,000, Rs 7,000 and Rs 9,000 but later the government had to regularize their services following strong protests from teachers.

Under pressures from the striking teachers, the state government later also announced that they were entitled for availing wage hike after implementation of 7th pay commission.

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