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E-filing for faster teacher pensions

Basu in Bolpur on Tuesday

Bolpur, Oct. 9: Education minister Bratya Basu today said service records of schoolteachers would be e-filed to expedite the release of their pension.

“The state government will e-file service records of teachers. This will be of help while processing pensions,” Basu said at the golden jubilee celebrations of the Sumitra Buniyadi Vidyalaya in Bolpur. The programme was held at the Gitanjali auditorium.

Raja Ghosh, the chairman of the district primary school council, said e-filing had just started in Birbhum.

A district education official said e-filing of service records of schoolteachers would help dispose of pension cases quickly.

“Now the service records of teachers are maintained in files that have to be sent from schools to the district school inspector’s office. Then the files travel to the education department. This takes time and often, mistakes made by a school in service records are detected when the file reaches the education department,” an official said.

“If e-filing is introduced, the education department will have a central database on all teachers.”

Basu said the state government planned to hike increments for non-teaching staff of schools. He said the education department would “select” best-performing schools and teachers in the districts but did not clarify if it would be done for awards.