Calcutta, Sept. 6: Calcutta High Court today passed an interim order directing the state government to pay by October 10 salaries due to the 5,000-odd contract teachers in higher-secondary schools.
Justice Debasish Kargupta passed the order following a petition by members of the West Bengal Higher Secondary Contract Teachers’ Association, which told the court that the government had not paid them since May last year.
“The state will have to take initiatives so that the contract teachers get their due salaries by October 10 this year,” Justice Kargupta’s order said.
Contract teachers are commonly known as guest teachers.
“The Left government had increased the salaries of contract teachers with graduate degrees to Rs 5,100 and those with post-graduate degrees to Rs 8,100,” said advocate Subrata Mukhopadhyay, the lawyer appearing for some of the petitioners.
“The current government stopped paying their salaries in May last year. My clients also want the status of general teachers,” he added.
Appearing for the state, advocate P. Roy refuted the charge of non-payment of salaries. “The salaries of some contract teachers have not been disbursed yet. They will get their salaries in time,” Roy said.