Frame policy to redress issues of IT teachers: HC to HP government

Shimla/June 5
Himachal High Court on Thursday directed the state government to explore possibilities to formulate policy to redress the grievances of IT teachers who are teaching in the schools and are appointed on Adhoc basis through DEOACC.
The Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Sureshwar Thakur passed these orders on the appeal filed by the IT Teachers, demanding uniform status as provided to teachers appointed on contract by the Himachal government.
Meanwhile, the state government informed the court that it had already made a decision not to dislodge these IT Teachers and the state government has to adjust 767 candidates on the recommendation made by the subordinate Selection board.
The IT Teachers are demanding to accord them status of Lecturers (contract/adhoc) appointed by the government. They are also demanding minimum of the regular pay scale plus allowances of the post of information technology teacher/lecturer in the computer vocational of school cadre.
The state government had turned down their demands on June 30, 2006 against which the IT Teachers approached to the High court by way of writ petition. It was contended by these teachers that they are discharging duties similar to that of regularly appointed lecturer and as such are entitled to benefits of equal pay and regularization as are admissible to other employees of the state government.
The single bench of the High court has rejected the prayer of these teachers after which the teachers had approached the Division Bench against the order. The division bench while disposing off the appeal directed the state government to explore the possibility of framing the policy in order to redress the grievances of these teachers.