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Court sets aside teaching jobs

- Appointments by Tripura govt ‘extremely unfair’: HC

Agartala, May 7: In a massive blow to the Tripura government’s recruitment policies, Tripura High Court today set aside the jobs of 10,323 primary, graduate and post-graduate teachers recruited by the state government over the past four years since 2010.

As part of its continuing recruitment, the state government had appointed altogether 4,617 graduate teachers, 4,606 undergraduate teachers and 1,100 post-graduate teachers since April 2010 through mass interviews.

Aggrieved by the deprivation of jobs, altogether 58 cases had been filed in the high court and in the previous Agartala bench of Gauhati High Court.

A division bench of Chief Justice Deepak Kumar Gupta and Justice Swapan Chandra Das clubbed all the cases together and heard them over the past few months.

In the judgment pronounced today, the division bench set aside all the appointments as “extremely unfair, irregular and illegal” but allowed the recruited teachers to continue in service till December 31 this year in the interest of smooth running of the schools. Senior advocate Shankar Deb, representing the state government, had pleaded that recruitment already made by the state government be spared from any adverse order but the high court did not accept the plea.

Apart from this, the division bench also issued a detailed guideline as how recruitment should be made to various departments of the state government as well as in schools. The order passed today said 50 per cent of the recruitment must be made on merit and detailed how merit is to be judged on the basis of weightage given to results in boards and university examinations and performance in interviews among others.

According to the order, the question of merit is to be properly decided, even for candidates belonging to the reserved category. Besides, the order has said the government must specify cases where “needy” candidates are given special weightage.

It clearly said in case a needy person feels aggrieved over recruitment of a fellow needy person on the ground that his financial condition is worse, he shall have the right to seek redress in court by filing a petition.

The court has directed the state government to frame a detailed guideline for recruitment within two months from today as well as to file the same for ratification of the high court.

Shortly after the judgment was announced, senior officials of the department of law and school education engaged in prolonged meetings and no official reaction was available. The law secretary, Datamohan Jamatya, said he was perusing the order and would give his reaction after properly reading it.

Senior CPM leader and party spokesman Gautam Das said he would comment only after reading the copy of the judgment. However, leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP), Sudip Roy Barman, said the Congress’s longstanding position that the Left Front government was giving jobs in a shady and partisan manner has been vindicated.

“Today’s judgment has proved that all our allegations against the shady recruitment policies of the state government are correct,” said Roy Barman.


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