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Himachal to induct 6,300 PTA teachers

The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the decks for the absorption of 6,300 teachers appointed by Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs) — during the earlier Congress regime — and has decided to regularise the services of 2,100 para-teachers,who have served for more than 10 years.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla |
Updated: April 9, 2014 2:33:59 pm

The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the decks for the absorption of 6,300 teachers appointed by Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs) — during the earlier Congress regime — and has decided to regularise the services of 2,100 para-teachers,who have served for more than 10 years.

The cabinet,which met under Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh,claimed that the decisions were to fulfil commitments made by the Congress to the teachers,who had earlier faced threat to their jobs on the BJP’s return to power in 2007.

The BJP government had in fact set-up an inquiry into appointments of PTA teachers,which detected grave irregularities,violations and nepotism in the appointments. It,however,fell short of scrapping their services.

The cabinet on Wednesday provided the PTA teachers with fresh hope. “After completion of continuous eight years of service,these PTA teachers will be taken on jobs on contract basis,” a government spokesperson said here. The cabinet also decided to provide enhanced honorarium of Rs 8,900 per month to more than 3,500 Primary Assistant Teachers (PAT) working in elementary education department.

“The cabinet also decided to release Grant-in-Aid (GIA) to those PTA provided lecturers,who have completed their BEd degree after December 31,2010. GIA would be provided to other PTA provided lecturers from the date of completion of their BEd while other lecturers of the same category will be provided the same on the completion of their BEd degrees,” the spokesperson added.

After all the controversy surrounding sugar,which the government has proposed to provide to ration card holders,the cabinet gave its approval to buy the commodity from the open market on the basis of the L1 tender bid.

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