School tribunal can hear pleas by primary teachers

Bombay High Court (HC) ruled Monday the school tribunal could hear appeals by primary teachers facing action by managements.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 16, 2014 11:13:46 am

Bombay High Court (HC) ruled Monday the school tribunal could hear appeals by primary teachers facing action by managements.

The tribunal has been refusing to entertain such pleas citing jurisdiction.

A division bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and A A Sayed passed the order in response to a batch of petitions by primary school teachers.

“The order of the school tribunal was in error and will have to be quashed and set aside,” HC said. The judges asked the teachers to file fresh appeals and the tribunal to decide the pleas according to law. HC said there must be certainty and transparency in decision- making in such cases.

After the state government told the court it was setting service conditions for school teachers,it said the teachers could ask the tribunal to consider deferring decisions on their appeals for three months till the rules came into effect.

In June 2011,a full HC bench had held that the school tribunal did not have jurisdiction to hear appeals by standards 1 to 8 teachers.

In October,however,the state government framed rules under Right to Education Act granting the tribunal the power. Additional government pleader Nitin Deshpande argued since there was a change in legal basis,the full-bench judgment was not binding now.

6% water in 14 major Marathwada dams

CM Prithviraj Chavan held a meeting Monday with all 32 MLAs representing Marathwada to discuss drought. Water in 14 major dams in the region has declined to just six per cent. Last year this time it was 19 per cent.

The government said drinking water supply through tankers would continue uninterrupted to all affected villages. Over 1,733 tankers have been deployed so far in Marathwada as against 67 last year. The MLAs belonging to Congress,NCP,BJP and Shiv Sena expressed serious concern about lack of cattlesheds and irregular fodder supply in the region.

Deputy CM Ajit Pawar said decentralisation of decision-making to empower talukas would help reach out to villages facing water and fodder scarcity.

When some MLAs raised the issue of supply of water to liquor industries in Aurangabad,the government promised to look into the matter. Chavan said the priority was drinking water. Declining levels in major dams was a serious concern and the government would not allow water diversion for even agriculture,he told the MLAs.

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