The AAP government on Thursday maintained that the Delhi High Court’s interim order regarding guest teachers will not impact its plan of tabling a Bill to to regularise them.
The BJP, though, disagreed, maintaining that the AAP government was attempting to mislead 17,000 guest teachers and pinning the blame on the Centre.
Atishi Marlena, adviser to Education Minister Manish Sisodia, told The Indian Express, “The High Court order has asked to maintain status quo on the appointment and promotion of guest teachers. This doesn’t have anything to with the regularisation of guest teachers, a Bill for which is due to be tabled on October 4. We hope that soon after the Bill is passed, guest teachers will be regularised following a nod from the L-G.”
The Delhi Cabinet, on Wednesday, had decided to regularise the 17,000 guest teachers working in 1,100 municipal schools across the city. The regularisation of guest teachers was a promise made by the AAP, even before it came to power.
An official from the education department said, “The issue of promotion doesn’t pertain to guest teachers. So none of this appears to have a bearing on the tabling of the Bill.”
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa, meanwhile, accused the Kejriwal government of “offering false promises to guest teachers” on an issue “that was a lifeline for them”. He told The Indian Express, “Its not just this Bill, but all the 14 others that the AAP government has cleared and passed on to the L-G. These bills are not legally sound and can’t be passed by the L-G. Its not just the HC today, but the SC has also pulled them up over the bills. Yet, they continue passing on the bills with the malafide intention of blaming the L-G.” He added that the regularisation plan was “devoid of administrative, financial and legal sanctions.”