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2017 set to end on a high note for graduate primary teachers

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  12 Dec 2017 12:00 AM GMT

HC asks Dispur to restore Rs 8,700 as grade pay of graduate primary teachers

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GUWAHATI/AZARA, Dec 11: The year 2017 is set to end on a high note for some two lakh graduate primary teachers of Assam. Gauhati High Court gave justice to around two lakh primary graduate teachers on Monday when it asked Dispur to restore their earlier grade pay of Rs 8,700, instead of Rs 6800.

The bench of Justice MR Pathak on Monday delivered justice in favour of the teachers who had moved the high court challenging the State Fince Department’s WT message on September 21 and 26, and October 3 this year slashing the grade pay of all graduate primary teachers to Rs 6800 from Rs 8,700. The aggrieved teachers moved the high court and got an instant justice on Monday. The high court clubbed the cases filed by the Sadou Asom Mojolia Stak Sahakari Shikshak Kalyan Samiti {WP©6914/17)}, Asom Rajyik Prathamik Shikshak Sanmilani {WP©6843} and other individuals against the WT message.

Sadou Asom Mojolia Stak Sahakari Shikshak Kalyan Samiti president Kukil Deori and general secretary Moinul Haque Choudhury said that the Fince Department slashed their grade pay on the pretext that they were working against posts meant for intermediate candidates. They said that this is gross violation of the recommendations of Sixth and Seventh Pay Commissions. “Since April 2016 trained graduate teachers working in graduate posts in accordance with the Sixth Pay Commission and against graduate teachers’ posts in accordance with Seventh Pay Commission these teachers were getting grade pay of Rs 8,700,” Moinul Haque Choudhury said, and added: “This injustice meted out to us led me challenge the WT message on behalf of the Samiti in the high court.” Asom Rajyik Prathamik Shikshak Sanmilani president Jibon Chandra Bora and general secretary Ratul Chandra Goswami said that the Sixth Pay Commission did give graduate primary teachers their exclusive grade pay, and based on that the Seventh Pay Commission restored this dignity for all graduate teachers, let alone trained graduate teachers. “This apart, teachers working in posts not meant to be promoted were graded through ACPS based on the length of their services,” Goswami said. He said that the HC verdict would benefit around two lakh primary graduate teachers of the State.

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