The Tripura State Government has decided to seek permission from the Apex Court with respect to providing alternative employment to 10,323 teachers who had lost their jobs. The Education Minister Mr Ratan Lal said “Earlier we had filed several petitions before the Supreme Court seeking permission for allowing the state government to recruit them on non-teaching posts. And now the court asked us to file an affidavit before July 25”. As many as 10,323 UG,PG candidates were appointed teachers in government schools in phases since 2010, During CPI(M)-Led Front was in power.
Such recruitment was challenged and the Tripura High Court in 2014 terminated their services holding up the process as ‘faulty’. To which the Left Front government moved to the Top Court challenging the order,the Court upheld the High Court verdict in March 2017.
As per the verdict the teachers were declared as retired after December 31,2017,But were again appointed on an ad hoc basis. When the BJP government came into force it again appealed to the Top Court, which granted them a one-time final extension till March 31.2020. Among the teachers many got other jobs and now 8,882 teachers’ term of employment has expired. The Top Court made it clear that they cannot be recruited back as teachers, so the state government made a plea for with alternative posts.
By- Durga Bhatt