AGARTALA, Aug 3 - Ending a five-year legal battle, the Supreme Court has made a final settlement of the case relating to 10,323 ad hoc teachers of the State. All these teachers are now set to lose their jobs after the end of the extension period granted to them by the apex court.
Following a bunch of petitions challenging the recruitment of the 10,323 teachers, a division bench of the High Court of Tripura, headed by then Chief Justice Deepak Gupta, had earlier dismissed the services of all these teachers.
On humanitarian grounds, however, the erstwhile Left Front Government in the State filed a petition, challenging the High Court�s order. After an intense legal battle, a division bench of the Supreme Court has now upheld the verdict of the High Court.
The BJP-IPFT Government that came to power in March, 2018, submitted a special petition, seeking extension of service of the 10,323 teachers in view of the shortage of teachers.
The Supreme Court bench has extended the services of the 10,323 teachers till March 31, 2020, stating that the court would monitor the State Government�s steps to address the problem of shortage of qualified teachers. In the meantime, the State Government has approached the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), seeking one-time relaxation in professional qualifications like BEd and DELEd. The ministry has agreed to it.
Meanwhile, the Education Department has pushed a plan to appoint teachers through TET to fill up vacancies after formal termination of the 10,323 teachers. Around, 90,000 applications have already been submitted by job aspirants. The Government is likely to appoint the teachers in October or November.
On Friday, a bench of the apex court �monitored� the case and the State Government�s efforts to appoint new teachers to fill up vacancies after official termination of the 10,323 teachers.
�The division bench has completed the case and expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the Government in regard to the entire issue. We will have to obey the decision of the apex court,� Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath told media persons here today.
Nath confirmed dropping of the contempt petition pending against former Chief Secretary Sanjeev Ranjan and Additional Chief Secretary Sushil Kumar in regard to the original case.