Agartala: The Tripura government has taken an initiative to formulate a policy to provide alternative job recruitment for the 10,323 terminated teachers in Group C and Group D vacancies of various departments, said education minister Ratan Lal Nath on Tuesday.
Speaking at a press conference, Nath said that the teachers will be given opportunities to get jobs in Group C and Group D vacancies in various departments, failing which they would be recruited through outsourcing.
“A special meeting of the cabinet held yesterday has decided to solve the prolonged issue of the 10,323 teachers. We have made arrangements for their recruitment in compliance with all the recruitment rules,” Nath said.
He also said that a total of 1,280 lower division clerk (LDC) and 9,268 multi-purpose staff workers posts have been identified in different departments of the state government. Other posts like supervisors, panchayat secretary, agriculture assistant and fishery assistant have also been identified for their recruitment.
Speaking further, he said that currently there are a total of 9,698 teachers including 764 post-graduate teachers, 4,380 graduate teachers and 4,542 under-graduate teachers.
“Around 9,700 vacant non-technical posts of Group-C and Group-D will be advertised in a phased manner after completing formalities like finalization of common recruitment rules, compilation of vacancies with reservation status, concurrence of the finance department,” Nath said.
The education minister said that the recruitment would be done in phases keeping the financial situation of the state in mind. In the first phase a total of thousand people would be recruited, which require Rs 24 crore.
The teachers would be appointed to a permanent post, but in the beginning the appointment will be matched as fixed pay, adding, “The Tripura government will formulate a universal recruitment policy to complete the recruitment process. However, if the teachers fail to take that opportunity, their employment will be arranged through outsourcing, Nath said.
The High Court of Tripura had ruled that the 10,323 teachers would be declared terminated. However, the then left front government challenged the verdict and approached the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court had upheld the verdict of the Tripura High Court. However, the state government was allowed to keep them on an ad-hoc basis for two more years before they finally retired on March 31 last.
The Tripura government appealed the Supreme Court on the issue of their alternative employment to which recently, the Supreme Court made a final announcement and dismissed all appeals. However, the Supreme Court has permitted them to be appointed as teachers till March 31, 2023 in compliance with all the rules.
In addition, the Tripura government has approved appointments to Group-C and Group-D posts as per the proposal. But, even in that case, all the rules must be followed. The Tripura government has only been allowed to give age relaxations till March 31, 2023.
Selection of 10,323 teachers was done in pursuant to advertisements issued in the years 2002, 2006 and 2009 which was challenged before the High Court of Tripura by Tanmoy Nath and others.
“While accepting the challenge, it was held by the High Court that the selection was contrary to the provisions of the National Council for Teacher Education Act, 1993 and the relevant policies and that the appointments were arbitrary and illegal. It was found that the selection was irrational and illogical and that it suffered from nepotism and favouritism”, the order copy reads.